Getting prepped for Memorial Day travel

Triple A predicts 37 million travelers this holiday weekend.

TOPEKA (KSNT) Many families are gearing up to hit the road this holiday weekend.

In fact, AAA is predicting 37-million people will be traveling for Memorial Day.

If you are one of the millions heading out, do you know what needs to be done to your car to make sure your trip goes by smoothly?

“The simplest thing you can do to put yourself in the best situation as far as safety in traveling is to simply check the air pressure,” said Justin Glasgow, mechanic at Performance Tire and Wheel.

Glasgow explains how checking not only makes your vehicle safer, it can also save you some money.

“A lot of people don’t understand that if you’re five pounds low on air pressure, you’re actually losing gas mileage,” Glasgow said.

Air pressure isn’t the only thing you should check on your tires.

With rain in the forecast, the tread will be extremely important, and you can test that with something you can easily find on the ground.

You can use a penny to find out if your tire treads are still good. All you would have to do is insert the coin into one of the ribs with Abraham Lincoln’s head upside down. If you still fully see Lincoln’s head, then it might be time to get new tires.

Also, before you head out on the road, keep in mind that you will not be the only one, something you will have to adapt to.

“People are generally always in a hurry to get where they are going as well as in a hurry to get back home,” said Kim Qualls of the Kansas Department of Transportation. “With more traffic, people are going to need to be patient.”

Luckily, Qualls informs me that all construction work will be suspended from Friday evening to Tuesday morning.

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