Staying safe on the road this Thanksgiving weekend

Staying safe on the road this Thanksgiving weekend

SPOKANE, Wash. - Thanksgiving is just days away and if you're hitting the road to get to grandma's house you're not alone. AAA says this will be the busiest Thanksgiving travel week in nearly a decade.

Snowy, rainy, foggy conditions can be downright scary to drive in if you're not prepared. And while we might not be in for a winter storm just yet, if you're traveling this holiday get ready for an array of weather.

For some, nothing says Thanksgiving like honking horns or long TSA lines. AAA projects more than 48 million people will travel to their Turkey Day destination. And if you're hitting the highway, you'll be one of 43.5 million people on the road.

But before you drive off into holiday happiness, make sure you're prepared. The Washington State Department of Transportation says leave with a full tank of gas, a cell phone charger and water and snacks. Make sure you have jumper cables, flares and warm clothes in your car. And don't forget a flashlight, ice scraper or tire chains, especially if you're traveling over passes.

Check the weather before your trip to see if Mother Nature will affect your drive. WSDOT has holiday travel charts for highways and mountain passes throughout the state. They also have a mobile app you can download by searching "WSDOT."

Don't forget about Washington 511. It gives you statewide travel information.

All eyes will be on Martin Stadium for Apple Cup 2016 this weekend. No matter which route you're taking, WSDOT says be prepared for delays. Drivers should expect congestion on US 195 and SR 27 between Spokane and Pullman, and on SR 26 between Vantage and Colfax, both before and after the game.

The best advice? Slow down. Planning your trip knowing alternative routes ahead of time could help ease frustration and minimize delays.

The National Safety Council recommends designating not only a sober driver, but one that is rested and focused as well.