NEW JERSEY -- The American Red Cross New Jersey Region has issued tips that people can follow to safely get to their Thanksgiving destinations.

“We want people to stay safe and to reach their destinations safely,” said Paul Gass, regional preparedness manager, American Red Cross New Jersey Region.

Red Cross Thanksgiving travel tips are: 

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  1. If driving, check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storms that may be coming. Watch weather predictions for your entire route so you know what to expect along the way.
  2. Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drive impaired. Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  3. Be well rested and alert.
  4. Follow the rules of the road.
  5. Use caution in work zones.
  6. Observe speed limits – driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance of being in a collision. Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  7. Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
  8. Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
  9. Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather. Don’t overdrive your headlights.
  10. If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

The free American Red Cross First Aid App provides users with quick, expert advice to help handle many common first aid emergencies. Visit redcross.org/apps.

The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,300 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey, last year, the Red Cross responded to 767 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping 1,803 displaced families; collected 89,160 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 3,516 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 116,154 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. For more information, please visit redcross.org/NJ and follow us on Twitter @NJRedCross.