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Springfield Residents Preparing for Holiday Travels

Whether you are stuffing your turkey or making that homemade pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving preperations are well underway.

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year where people are anticipating great food, family and a little bit of football. While most people are busy in the kitchen preparing food, others are in their garage gearing up vehicles for when they hit the roads for their upcoming holiday travels.

"First i check my oil then check my transmission fluid, make sure i have windshield wiper fluid, and just make everything is good under there,"said Springfield resident Deshredra Trent.

She is just one of the many Central Illinois residents already preparing for her Thanksgiving travels to Peoria by filling up her oil and her gas tank ahead of time..

With a usual spike in gas prices around the holidays, residents like Michael Shelton, plan on taking a vehicle that is more cost efficient for his families three hour drive to Rockford.

"We dont take this vehicle on holiday travel just because of gas prices," said Shelton. "We take my wife's car which is a little bit smaller and does a little bit better on gas."

This isn't just the busiest time of the year for travelers, it is also a very busy time for the auto industry. They are urging the public to make sure tires are rotated, brakes are fully functional, and oil is changed.

Owner of Midtown Tire and Auto John Kuhlman says it is important to get your vehicle checked before any travelling and before the winter weather hits.

"We would hope that people would not wait until the last minute until its almost too late," Kuhlmann said. "It would be nice if everyone would be ready in advance."

Kuhlman also says the biggest items to check on your vehicle are your tires and brakes, making sure they are ready to drive safely on the icy roads during the busy winter months.

Before hitting the road, make sure to bring a winter travel safety kit; such as blankets, flashlights, a shovel and even jumper cables in case of a dead battery during the winter travel season.


 
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