RICHMOND (WRIC) – This week's nasty weather could not hit at a worse time for those trying to head out of town for Thanksgiving.
"Here we go. It's Thanksgiving," says AAA's Martha Meade. "1.2 million Virginians headed out."
According to AAA it is one of the busiest couple of days on the road. Add a winter storm to the mix and things can get deadly.
"Being prepared has never been more important," Meade says.
Virginia State Police says they will have 75 percent of their troopers working through the holiday weekend investigating crashes.
"When it does rain or snow, we see an increase in accidents," says Sergeant Thomas Molnar with Virginia State Police.
Molnar says aside from just investigating crashes, troopers will be cracking down on speeders, as well as drunk drivers. He has a few simple tips for anyone driving over the next few days. The first one is buckle up and the second one is to slow down.
"Crashes are the result of drivers driving too fast for the road conditions."
Molnar also says when the roads are slick the distance at which you follow someone should increase.
Things could be slow, but it's better to make it late than never at all.
It's frustrating," says Jasmin Cruz. "But I think we all just put on our happy face and realize we will get there eventually."
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