State police give News 12 ride along on check of holiday traffic

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Thanksgiving travelers across the Hudson Valley hit the roads Wednesday on one of the busiest travel days of the year

State police gave News 12 an exclusive ride along as they checked holiday traffic.

Trooper Glen Williams says drivers should be prepared by giving themselves enough time to get where they need to go, knowing their route and checking traffic reports before they leave their house. He says there are extra patrols out with troopers looking for signs of danger.

"We are always looking for people who might be driving in a way they shouldn't be," said Williams. "Not being courteous of other drivers, in and out of traffic, speeding, using cellphones, sometimes you will get people early in the morning driving while intoxicated."

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Safety is paramount considering that AAA says New York is expecting to see 3.1 million vehicles hit the roads today and 1.2 million more from New Jersey.

AAA says to make sure tires are properly inflated and to check car batteries for dirty terminals. Drivers will also want to test them to see if they hold any power. Experts recommend to replace them if they test poorly.

They also suggest to avoid Wednesday evening's traffic as much as possible. Instead, they say get some rest Wednesday and wake up early Thursday when traffic will be extremely light.

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