Getting your car ready for Thanksgiving travel

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Many Houstonians will hit the road in the next twenty-four hours. In fact, AAA expects 46.9 million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving, and 90 percent of them will make their trip between tomorrow and Sunday.

Paul Stehr, the Owner of Christian Brothers Automotive West Galleria says getting your car ready for the holiday road trip is incredibly important. In fact, "AAA expects to rescue 360,000 motorists over the Thanksgiving holiday," Stehr Says. The top two reasons for calls are dead batteries and tire problems, so here is a checklist for before you hit the road.

  • Check Battery

  • Inspect Tires and Check Tire Pressure

  • Inspect Spare Tire (check pressure and verify that the jack and tire tools are there)

  • Check Headlights

  • Inspect Wiper Blades

  • Check Belts and Hoses

  • Check Fluid Levels

  • Inspect Brakes

  • Fill your Fuel Tank prior to departure

  • Items you should have with you:
  • Roadside Assistance Phone Number

  • (AAA or most Auto Insurance Companies provide a Roadside Assistance phone number on the back of your Proof of Insurance)

  • Owner's Manual

  • Tire Pressure Gauge

  • Emergency Preparedness Kit:
  • Jumper Cables

  • Flashlight

  • Road Flares

  • Fire Extinguisher

  • Weather related:
  • Know what the weather will be on the way and at your destination

  • If driving in snow or icy conditions, bring tire chains

  • Have an Emergency preparedness Kit.

  • More details about safe traveling in winter conditions at
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