AAA Texas advises motorists how to prepare for Thanksgiving holiday travel

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AAA Texas says they project holiday travel to rebound to nearly pre-pandemic levels and they expect to rescue about 17,000 motorists at the roadside throughout the holiday weekend.

The travel agency advises motorists to remember the BET system: Battery, Engine, and Tires. All should be checked before making a trip for Thanksgiving.


  • Make sure your battery is securely mounted to minimize vibration.
  • Clean any corrosive buildup from battery terminals and cable clamps.
  • Ensure clamps are tight enough that they will not move.


  • Between flushes, make sure the coolant is filled to the proper level by checking the overflow reservoir.
  • If necessary, top off the reservoir with a 50/50 mix of water and the coolant type specified by the vehicle manufacturer.
  • CAUTION! – Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot – boiling coolant under pressure could cause serious burns.
  • Rubber cooling system components are susceptible to heat-related deterioration, so periodically inspect hoses and drive belts for cracking, soft spots or other signs of poor condition.


  • Check tire pressure often as tires lose pressure naturally (typically 1–3 psi per month) because a tire’s sidewall is permeable.
  • Low tire pressure results in poor handling and braking, reduced gas mileage and excessive wear. So be sure to check your car’s tire pressure at least once a month—especially before a long trip.
  • Check the tread depth. A tire’s ability to stop within a safe distance becomes compromised when its tread depth reaches 4/32 inch. An easy way to determine if a tire is worn out is to place an upside-down quarter (not a penny) in a tire tread. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, it’s time to replace the tire.
  • Know the tire’s age. As a tire ages, its rubber becomes hard and brittle, losing elasticity and strength. Therefore, the older a tire, the higher the risk for failure. The age of your tire can be found by checking the last four DOT numbers stamped on a tire’s sidewall; for example, 0419 means the tire was manufactured in the fourth week of 2019. AAA Texas recommends replacing any tire that’s six years old or older.

Here are items AAA Texas advises motorists to have in their emergency roadside kit:

  • Cell phone and car charger (glove compartment)
  • First-aid kit (glove compartment)
  • Blanket (luggage area)
  • Drinking water/snacks for everyone in the car including pets (some in glove compartment, the rest in the luggage area)
  • Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
  • Rags, paper towels or pre-moistened wipes
  • Basic set of tools along with duct tape and car emergency warning devices such as road flares or reflectors (luggage area)
  • Ice scraper/snow brush (if traveling to an area experiencing winter conditions)
  • Jumper cables/jump pack
  • Traction aid such as sand, salt or non-clumping cat litter
  • Tarp, raincoat and gloves