Busy holiday travel season ahead

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - AAA is reporting Wednesday and Thursday to be the busiest travel days this holiday season.

Jackson County Sheriff's officials want drivers to make sure their minds are clear before they hit the road.

"If you do go to a party and have something to drink, please get a designated driver to drive you home," Lieutenant Kevin Arnold said. "That's our biggest thing. We want to keep down the traffic fatalities involved with DUIs and people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or things like that, so if you're going to drink, please don't drive."

When traveling on both interstates and back roads, officials recommend using the four-second rule: after the vehicle in front of you passes an object, count to four slowly. You shouldn't pass that object until you reach four.

Miller & Miller Chevrolet Service Manager Chuck Anderson said two of the most often forgotten but most important tools for safe holiday travel are coolant and windshield wipers.

"The people that are going up north, they need to check their antifreeze to make sure the car will not freeze, the engine will not freeze while it's up north," Anderson said.

Tires and windshield wipers should both be checked to make sure they're ready for the drive.