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AAA offers tips on 2022 holiday travel

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Although not yet reaching pre-pandemic levels, the number of people who plan to take year-end holiday trips this year is forecast to be the third highest since 2000. Nationally, winter holiday travelers will almost reach 113 million. In the Rocky Mountain region, winter holiday travelers will exceed 8 million. Most winter vacationers will drive, but flying and other modes of travel are on the upswing as well. And cruises are booming. That’s according to the American Automobile Association which has been making year-end holiday travel forecasts since 2000. KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper talked with AAA spokesperson Daniel Armbruster to get holiday travel advice. Tips include:

  • Get to the airport early and expect airline delays and cancellations.  Carry on your luggage if possible.  
  • If you’re driving, avoid December 23, 24, 27 and January 2.  Try to get on the road in the early morning or wait until evening. 
  • Be sure to check out your automobile for tire tread condition, defrosters, windshield washer fluid etc. and
  • Pack items like flashlights, charged cell phones, blankets and food for you, your passengers and pets.

For more winter travel advice, go to:  https://www.aaa.com/tripcanvas/article/TT572077/AAA's-Tips-for-Safe-Winter-Driving. 

Mary Lou Cooper reports on consumer issues for KSFR as well as on politics and elder affairs. She has worked for the U.S. Congress as well as for the Nevada and Tennessee legislatures, and remains a political junkie. She worked many years for an association of Western state legislatures and was a contributor to “Capitol Ideas,” a national magazine about state government. In 2016 Cooper received a public service award from the New Mexico Broadcasting Association for her KSFR story on Internet romance scams. She has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the National Federation of Press Women. She grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta and her MA from the University of Texas Austin. She also holds fiction and screenwriting certificates from the University of Washington.