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More people than ever expected to travel this holiday season

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There were long lines at Bradley International Airport on Wednesday morning. (WFSB) There were long lines at Bradley International Airport on Wednesday morning. (WFSB)

Hundreds of travelers spent their Wednesday morning waiting in line at Bradley International Airport. 

Some travelers woke up as early as 2 a.m. to get Bradley for their flights to Florida and Michigan. However, even the early risers were unable to avoid waits in long lines. 

Patience, which can be on short supply when confronted with long waits, was not an issue.  

“It's probably what we're expecting. It's a pretty long line,” Haddam resident Craig Millard said.

AAA officials said the lines may be a bit longer because the cost of airfare to the top destinations dropped about 6 percent this year.

"We're used to it by now and our kids travel well I would say the level of stress is low as long as we prioritize and take the time to travel," Kevin Bratland, of Waterford, said. 

For Millard and his family, who are headed to Florida, they said they were less worried on the lines than getting ready to throw on some sun tan lotion.

“We're leaving and its 65 degrees, but at least we're heading down to 90 degrees," Millard said.  

The officials at Bradley International Airport asked travelers to check flights before leaving home. Travelers are also advised to report to the airport a couple of hours before their flight leaves. 

As for the roads, across the nation, 100 million people are expected to drive, the highest number on record. Four million New Englanders are expected to hit the roads. The major factor there-gas prices are the lowest they've been since 2009.

With the added cars, comes concern.

"Because it's not really cold, people aren't really paying attention to their cars," AAA Spokeswoman Amy Parmenter said. "They are going to get out on the roads so there is going to be an increase in the number of calls we see."

Here are some tips for drivers this holiday season from AAA officials: 

  • Check windshield wipers - Replace windshield wipers that leave streaks or don’t clear the glass in a single swipe. The life of a rubber insert is typically six to twelve months. Streaking wipers indicate that the rubber is breaking down and needs to be replaced.
  • Check headlights, taillights, brake lights – Make sure all are clean and functioning properly - not just so you can see, but so you can be seen by other drivers as well.
  • Check tires - Tire tread depth and inflation are imperative to maintaining good traction with the roadway during wet weather. Check both before heading out.
  • Avoid Cruise Control - This feature works great in dry conditions, but when used in wet conditions, it reduces the driver’s control.
  • Slow Down - Slowing down during wet weather driving can be critical to reducing a car’s chance of hydroplaning. At speeds as low as 35 mph, even new tires can still lose some contact with the roadway.
  • Adjust following distance – It is more difficult to stop when the pavement is wet.  Adjust following distance accordingly and also slow down earlier when approaching a stop, an intersection or traffic.
  • Don’t panic if you skid - Even careful drivers can experience skids.  Try not to panic or brake hard. Instead, continue to look and steer your vehicle in the direction you want to go.  

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