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Avoid being stranded during holiday travels

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- More than a million drivers are expected to be stranded while traveling this holiday season according to AAA.

The American Automobile Association anticipated that 1.4 million drivers will be stranded between Dec. 18 to Jan 2. AAA and Bob Sumerel Tire & Service offers some way to keep you on the road this holiday season.

Start and clean-off vehicles. Switch which vehicle is used for holiday errands or start cars briefly in driveways to help keep things running smoothly during days off work. AAA often sees a spike in calls for battery replacements and jump starts once drivers return to school or work after leaving vehicles unattended in driveways during cold weather.

Stick to regular scheduled maintenance. Standard oil changes and manufacturer-recommended maintenance help avoid and identify potential problems down the road.

Check tire pressure and tire tread, including the spare tire. Proper tire pressure and tread help provide traction, prolong the life of tires and avoid dangerous blow-outs while on the road.

Check fluid levels. Checking and refilling engine oil, radiator coolant and windshield washer fluid to the appropriate levels are easy, inexpensive and may head off costly repair work.

Inspect the vehicle's battery. Dimming headlights, clicking noises or corrosion around battery terminals signal that it may be time to replace a battery. A certified mechanic or AAA's Mobile Battery Service can test and replace batteries if needed.

Keep an eye on the little things. Windshield wipers, headlights and turn signals help drivers see and be seen during inclement weather and dark winter nights.

Be prepared in case of an emergency. Carry emergency supplies, such as a car care kit with jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, flashlight, hazard signs, blanket, boots, snacks, water and a charged cell phone.

Drivers who do find themselves needing roadside assistance can contact AAA by calling 1-800- AAA- HELP.

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