Holiday travel tips
Preparedness, patience top advice
AAA estimates more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more to their holiday destinations this week. The organization estimates 90% of those travelers will do so by road. However, whether you're flying or driving, there are some things to remember before you head over the river and through the woods.
Shreveport Regional Airport authorities say it's all about coming prepared, giving yourself extra time, and being patient when trying to catch a flight.
CHECK FLIGHT STATUS OR ROAD CONDITIONS: You can call the airport, call your airline, or check your flight status online. Drivers can call 511 in Louisiana for the latest road conditions. 511 is not available in Arkansas or Texas.
GIVE YOURSELF AMPLE TIME: Bryant Francis, Director of Airports at Shreveport Regional Airport, says you should arrive at least 90 minutes before your scheduled departure because you may encounter longer lines than you would on a typical travel day.
CHECK TIRE PRESSURE, TIRE TREAD, AND VEHICLE FLUID LEVELS
FOLLOW TRAFFIC LAWS: Louisiana State Police Trooper Matt Harris says motorists should drive defensively and leave 4 to 5 car lengths between vehicles.
BE AWARE OF GAS LEVELS: Trooper Harris says the State Police see more stranded motorists with empty gas tanks during the holidays because people are unfamiliar with travel routes.
DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE: Holiday celebrations often involve alcohol, but officers ask that you get a designated driver if you plan to drink. Also, be aware that drunk drivers may be on the road and protect yourself from impared drivers.
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