GREENSBORO, N.C. - It's going to be a busy holiday season for travelers.
You can expect bumper-to-bumper traffic and crowded airports as more people plan to travel to spend time with friends and family this year.
According to AAA, more than 50 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home.
That's a 3.3 percent increase over last year.
About 45 million people will be on the roads and more than 3 million people will travel by plane.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday on the roads with about 400 deaths each year.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is offering the following holiday travel tips to help keep drivers safe:
- Buckle up.
- Don't speed.
- Allow plenty of time to get to your destination.
- Avoid crowded roads by starting as early as possible.
- Check the weather in your town, your destination, and points along the way.
- Be prepared by having a good travel kit, including snow chains, an ice scraper, a good pair of gloves, flares, and a flashlight.
- Let the people you are visiting know your route and your expected time of arrival.
- Take breaks when going long distances.
- Don't drink and drive
The Piedmont Triad International Airport is also preparing for a busy holiday travel season.
The busiest travel days during the holiday are expected to be Wednesday, Nov. 22, Sunday, Nov. 26, and Monday, Nov. 27.
The airport says volunteer ambassadors will be walking through the terminals to offer assistance and comfort to travelers.
PTI will provide passengers with refreshments on Wednesday from 5:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.
PTI will also have live entertainment throughout the day on November 22nd and November 26th.
Airport officials are urging travelers to plan ahead before arriving to PTI to ensure an enjoyable and stress-free travel experience.
PTI is offering the following holiday travel tips:
- Check in online in advance and print your boarding pass before leaving your home.
- Reconfirm airline flight status as schedules may change due to weather or other factors.
- Review the TSA's Top 5 Tips for travel and packing, which includes leaving holiday gifts unwrapped as they may need additional screening.
- Arrive to the airport early.
- Be patient if delays occur.
- Be prepared for security screenings.
- Limit your carry-on baggage.
- Place medicine, jewelry, cameras and other valuable items in your carry-on baggage.
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