A record 7.6 million Southern California residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more this holiday season, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Travelers will be hopping into planes, trains and automobiles to reach their destinations. Well, mostly they'll be hitting the road: 6.8 million drivers are expected to take to the highway between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3.
Marie Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the Automobile Club of Southern California, shared a few tips for how to travel safely and swiftly in the coming weeks:
- Give your car the once over. “Make sure your car is in good condition, make sure you have good tread on your tires and they are properly inflated."
- Heading to the snow? Don't forget the chains. "Snow chains are very important. If you’re planning to go to the mountains, you really need to have those in your trunk." Snow chains can be purchased on the mountain approach, but they'll cost a lot more.
- To avoid road rage or congestion at LAX, take the train. “If you can buy your tickets three days in advance, you can take advantage of a AAA discount and that will make it a little cheaper."
- Take a peek at the weather before you venture out. “Closely monitor the weather, don’t just run out the door." Weather for the coming weekend in Southern California, for example, is expected to include light rainfall with conditions a bit too warm for snow, says Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The Automobile Club of Southern California also recommends that if traveling via air, send wrapped gifts to loved ones instead of risking a trip through security. TSA restrictions should be reviewed ahead of time.