Tips provided for travelers visiting loved ones this Christmas

JACKSON, Tenn. — Holiday travel is already underway for those making their getaway to visit loved ones here and across the country.

It’s one of the biggest weekends for travel as millions across the country hit the road ahead of the Christmas holiday.

“I’m coming from Nashville and going to see my family in Texas. It’s a little over 9 hours,” said traveler Rebekah Reisner.

Reisner is just one of the numerous Americans planning to hit the road this holiday season.

“Excited to see my family and hopefully the traffic is going to be OK,” Reisner said.

With the expected heavy traffic, here are a few tips: leave home with plenty of time to get where you are going and always lock your car doors at rest areas and gas stations.

Traveler Noor Hassan says he normally takes a plane, but wanted to try something different this year.

“My family is all over the place this year, so I decided to make an exception and enjoy a little bit of a road trip,” Hassan said.

You should not be in a hurry to reach your destinations. One fatal crash already occurred in the Hub City on Friday.

If you’re using your phone for navigation, remember that “Hands Free Tennessee” is in effect, so you may want to invest in some type of car mount to avoid distracted driving.

Officials say there will be extra officers patrolling the streets and highways leading up to Christmas.

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