Holiday Traffic

By Lori Mitchell | 

The Memorial Day Holiday officially kicks off the beginning of the summer travel season.

AAA estimates more than 31-million Americans hit the roads this weekend alone. That's a 2.2% increase over last year.

Kentucky State Police encourage motorists to drive with caution, especially this season, to stay safe on the roads.

"Always good to allow yourself more time for the purpose of traffic thicker, it may take more time to get there. Also, allow that extra cushion between you and the vehicle in front of you."

It's also a good idea to leave early and stay late at your destination in order to avoid peak traffic. You should always plan ahead by knowing your route and having an alternate plan in case of heavy traffic.

Also, make sure your car is in top condition and always carry a vehicle safety kit in case of emergencies. If you're traveling long distances, you should also take breaks every few hours. Most importantly, police urge you to take your time. It's better to arrive a little late, than put your life and possibly someone else's in danger.