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Safety tips for drivers before hitting the road for the holidays

Posted at 7:57 AM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 12:00:47-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and despite warnings from the CDC, many people still plan to hit the road.

According to Gas Buddy, only 35% of Americans will be taking to the roads this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That's a decrease from 65% of Americans last year who traveled for the holidays.

If you do plan to drive, some experts say it's a good idea to check your car now, since it may have been sitting for a while.

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"One of the biggest issues we're seeing is that people have been letting their cars sit," said Lauren Fix, a car coach and expert with Car Coach Reports.

"Maybe they've been working from home," she added.

Fix says drivers in the Las Vegas valley should look out for two things: tire pressure and brakes.

Tire pressure can change because of the difference in temperatures.

Also, having a car sit unused for a long period of time can make brakes dry and susceptible to failure.