Thanksgiving holiday travel

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - With Thanksgiving and Black Friday coming up, lots of travelers are expected to hit the road.

According to a survey by TripAdvisor, more than 60% of those they polled will be driving home for Thanksgiving. To ensure a safe drive, experts recommend you be well-rested and alert before starting your trip.

Make sure your car is ready for the long haul by cleaning your headlights, taillights,and the inside of your windshield, especially if you're driving at night.

Once you get going, it's a good idea to take frequent breaks.

"I would say plan ahead. Leave early and plan for unforeseen things that could happen and just take your time. Just know where you're going and take breaks and plan ahead," said West Virginia State Trooper Gary Honaker.

After Thanksgiving, you may also want to brace yourself for the chaos of Black Friday.

Officers say if you plan to brave the crowds, keep an eye out for pedestrians. Slow down in parking lots and pay close attention to your surroundings.

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