The end of the year is luring more Americans to the roads and skies for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays compared to last year.
According to AAA, more than 107 million Americans will travel between Saturday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.
"We’ve seen growth in every major travel holiday this year and that continues for the year-end holidays," said Michelle Donati, spokesperson for AAA Montana.
As the 10 most traveled days of the year approach, AAA would like to share winter roadside wisdom for drivers who are traveling this travel season:
• Check the roads twice. Check the Montana Department of Transportation’s road report map and delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. Let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
• Make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a reputable auto technician.
• Carry an emergency roadside kit in your vehicle and update it with winter weather essentials. The kit should include jumper cables, basic repair tools, blankets, gloves, hats, food and water.
• If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for help to find you.
• Do your part to make the roads safer for others by getting plenty of rest, avoiding distractions and never driving impaired.
Stay off the naughty list and start 2018 safely with Tipsy Tow
AAA is offering Tipsy Tow service over the year-end holidays. Service will start Sunday, Dec. 24 and will run through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 in the following communities:
• Helena (includes East Helena & Montana City)
• Bozeman (includes Belgrade, MT)
To take advantage of the service, drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357), state that they need a Tipsy Tow. Drivers should be prepared to provide their name, home address, phone number and location. Tipsy Tow provides a free ride home and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles. For mileage beyond this, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. The service does not include roadside assistance.
“The holidays are often celebrated with friends and family toasting to happiness and good health,” Donati said. “If you indulge in too many spirits, please don’t get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we’ll get you home safely.”
AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 100 years ago.