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Tips for staying safe on the roads over the holidays

Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers, so Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) recommends taking a few precautions before hitting the road this holiday season.

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Every year, holiday travelers take to the skies and hit the rails, but most hit the road. In 2012, BBB estimated that 93 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles over the holidays, 90 percent of which drove.

BBB recommends taking the following steps for safe travel this holiday season:

● Create a car safety kit. Basics for the kit include a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, non-perishable foods like granola bars and nuts, bottled water, an ice scraper and warm gloves.

● Get a tune-up. At the very least, check the car’s fluid levels, wipers and tire pressure. Check the condition of your tires and, if you plan on driving through serious winter weather, consider getting snow tires.

● Take the BBB with you. Free BBB Business Reviews are optimized for smartphones. Now you can easily find businesses you can trust when you’re on the go and away from your computer by visiting

● Start early and slow down. Give yourself some extra time to make the trip, and don’t speed.

● Drop the distractions. When you’re behind the wheel, don’t text and drive. Pull into a rest area or a service station before sending a text message or making a call on your cellphone.

For more advice on staying safe over the holidays, visit the Better Business Bureau online at