Drivers should prepare for cold weather, AAA says

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As temperatures drop, AAA Tidewater has a piece of advice for drivers: be prepared.

As temperatures drop, AAA Tidewater has a piece of advice for drivers: be prepared.

More than 100 million Americans are expected to travel for the holidays — the most on record, according to AAA. Georjeane Blumling, spokeswoman for AAA Tidewater, suspects it's because of the economy's upswing and low gas prices. More than 2.5 million Virginian drivers alone are expected to leave town, according to AAA.

An Arctic air mass is expected to bring temperatures down to single digits by the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

"Let's face it: they've been having winter up there in the Midwest some, but we're just getting a cold snap that won't last, but its a good wake up call," Blumling said.

VDOT has not yet canceled any of its highway construction projects, but conditions are being "closely monitored," VDOT spokeswoman Paula Miller said.

But as people hit the road, they may neglect car care, or self-care.

"We're eager to get on the road and we may not be thinking as safety conscious," Blumling said.

That's why drivers shouldn't be drowsy on the road, and make sure car batteries and windshield wipers are working — two car parts that are likely to take a hit as temperatures drop, according to AAA.

AAA advises drivers to clean corrosion on battery posts and cable connections and to replace burned out bulbs. It's also important to check fluids, and check tires for depth using a quarter, a AAA news release said. Drivers should also keep emergency kits with non-perishable snacks, flashlights, snow shovels and first-aid with them in the car, the release stated.

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