Take it easy out there

Today is often referred to as the busiest travel day of the year. While experts are expecting a decline in the number of holiday travelers thanks to the economy, there will still be 310,000 Nevadans on the road travelling more than 50 miles from home.

Gas prices' decrease is not a good sign before the holiday, because it will just tempt those who might otherwise stay home to take to the roads.

With school out, people will try and pack too much travel into too little time, and that's a recipe for disaster.

That means Highway 395, the main thoroughfare through Carson Valley, will be packed with travelers headed to grandma's house.

While portions of the highway will be able to sustain the traffic, the winding, mountainous portion that leads south through the Pine Nuts will require special care to navigate. And many of the people using that road won't understand that until it's too late.

It's up to those of us who won't be traveling to do more than look out for ourselves, but to look out for the other driver as well.

Due care anywhere on the road anytime of year is important, but through the mountains the tolerances are far lower.

Please be careful on the roads this Thanksgiving, so we'll all have something to be thankful for when the holiday is over.


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