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OUR VIEW: Hitting the road? Be safe

If you’re hoping to get out of the office a tad early on Friday and jump in the car for a road trip, you aren’t the only one. According to AAA, more than 37 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend.

That number is below pre-pandemic levels, but still a significant bump from last year.

AAA said most people are expected to travel by automobile, not plane. However, air travel is also increasing nearly six times when compared to last year.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend — even if it’s just sitting at home with family — we hope you’ll be thankful for how far we’ve come in a year. Memorial Day 2020 was full of unknowns, but with the number of vaccinated people nationwide continuing to grow, life has opened back up for many people.

We obviously still encourage you to take precautions, such as wearing masks if you aren’t vaccinated. However, this weekend is supposed to be beautiful weather locally, so if you’re staying here West Point Lake, Callaway Gardens, Southbend Park, Callaway Clock Tower, and other local spots are a great place to get some sun and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

If you’re leaving town, we encourage you to pack ahead of time (now is probably too late!) and drive cautiously knowing that a lot of people will be on the road.  No matter where you’re going, it’s not worth taking the chance of wrecking your vehicle and injuring yourself and others. Drive the speed limit and watch other drivers, who might be in too big of a hurry.

If you’re driving at night, make a plan for if you get too tired. Map out areas where you can stop for a rest break throughout the route.

And make sure to grab some activities that kids can do in the car.

A lot of people will be on the road this weekend, and we encourage anyone leaving Troup County to plan ahead and drive safely.