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Travel Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – According to AAA, 50 million people are expected to hit the road this Thanksgiving week; especially since that national average gas price is $2.13 a gallon.

Allstate Agency Owner Carolyn Lankford said safety should be the number one priority for drivers. "One of the real important things to do before you get on the road, is make sure your car is in good shape," Lankford said.

She said doing simple things, like making sure the maintenance on your car is up to date is vital. She said drivers should be aware of  being distracted.

"We know people are easily distracted by their cell phones, and if you look down at your cell phone fore 5 secs when you're texting or looking at an email. It's like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed," Lankford said.

She said pets and kids can be a distraction as well so make sure the kids have something to do while driving; also make sure your pet is restrained.

Allstate is reducing the stress of holiday travel by offering $2 roadside rescues (including tows, flat tires, jump-starts, lockouts or fuel delivery**) exclusively via their Good Hands Rescue app and mobile website on Nov. 23 - the day before Thanksgiving.

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