BECKLEY - Thousands of West Virginians are getting ready to hit the road Labor Day weekend.
Most travelers will leave Friday and return Sunday or Monday, according to AAA. It's recommended to drive early in the morning or later in the evening. "When you go through major cities, you're always going to have traffic flow heavy at lunch and quitting times,” said AAA Travel Consultant Melissa Norris.
Norris said motorists should expect traffic delays. Proper auto maintenance is important, so motorists should also check their car batteries, fluid levels, tires, belts and hoses.
"While you're on the road, you don't want to have the problems of low tires or running the risk of a belt breaking or hoses blowing up,” explained Norris. “So you always want to maintain and keep your vehicle ready."
Traveler Pat Yoder of Ohio recommends folks drive defensively. "You watch the way you drive, but you have to watch the way the other people drive,” she explained.
Roy Wendt of Georgia said it helps to have a driving buddy when traveling long distances. "The difficult part of driving is sometimes you're coming up on a turn real quick and you don't see it,” Wendt said. “So I'm the navigator and [my wife] is the driver."
"I ride most of the time and my husband does most of the driving, so I bring my kindle or a book or something to entertain myself,” said Yoder.
AAA also recommends motorists having a car safety kit handy.