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90 percent of holiday travelers are driving to destination, AAA says


Eau Claire (WQOW) - According to AAA, almost 90 percent of people traveling for Thanksgiving are doing so by car. But, the winter weather isn't making their trips any easier.

Whenever the roads are slick, it's important to give yourself plenty of time to make it to your destination safely.

In fact, 511 Wisconsin tweeted earlier on Wednesday that I-94 near Eau Claire was backed up for about three miles because of a crash. Between the wet conditions and the extra holiday traffic, be prepared to spend some serious time in the car.

AAA estimates nearly 50 million people will travel for the holidays starting Wednesday through Sunday; that's about 1 million more travelers than on Thanksgiving in 2015 and the most since 2007. About 90 percent of them will be on the roads.

On Wednesday, News 18 spoke with the Cailteux family, from Illinois, who is driving to the cities. They left early Wednesday morning and said it's been smooth sailing for the most part. "The rain turning to the sleet and now the snow has been a little hectic on the nerves,” Chad Cailteux said.

But, the Cailteux family did said that the State of Wisconsin was doing a nice job keeping the roads clean and clear.

AAA said they expect to rescue hundreds of thousands stranded motorists over the holiday weekend. They said the most common issues are dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. 

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