State police offer holiday travel tips

     Cars and trucks are shown jammed on the southbound New Jersey Turnpike. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file)

    Cars and trucks are shown jammed on the southbound New Jersey Turnpike. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file)

    With one of the most traveled days of the year looming, the New Jersey State Police is offering important tips to all who are heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house.

    Adverse weather is expected to exacerbate the typical delays on Wednesday, especially along the busy I-95 corridor and in areas to the northwest. 

    You can avoid a holiday disaster like running out of gas or breaking down on a clogged highway with tired and hungry kids in your car, state police said in a release. 

    Police suggest:

    Fill up your gas tank.
    Check fluids (Including windshield washer fluid and anti-freeze).
    Check tire pressure and windshield wipers.
    Clear all ice and snow off of your vehicle prior to departure.
    Bring a mobile phone with charger.
    Let someone know your travel plans
    Have an emergency kit:

    Flashlight with extra batteries
    Folding shovel
    Bottles of water and snacks
    Jumper cables
    Flares or highway warning triangle
    First aid kit
    Ice scraper/brush

    In 2013, six people died in five accidents in New Jersey over Thanksgiving weekend, according to the New Jersey State Police. Three of those accidents involved alcohol, drugs, or both. 

    More than a million New Jersey residents will be traveling on roadways, waterways, and airplanes over the holiday, New Jersey AAA’s Cathleen Lewis told NJTV

    “I think that what we are going to see is that it is going to be more traffic on the roads for longer,” Lewis told the television station. 

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