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FLORENCE, Ky. - Now that Thanksgiving weekend is over, it is time to look ahead to the Christmas season.  This means more travel and more traffic jams on the roadways.

The Hale family is making the 10-hour drive from outside Detroit to their home of Madisonville, Tenn., after the holiday weekend.  They said they will be even more prepared for traveling come Christmas.

The family was taking a break at a rest stop off of I-75 South near Florence, Ky.

"Except for the truck that tried to run us off the road, it's been pretty normal," traveler Mary Hales said.

While Mary doesn't do the driving, she still keeps her eyes on the road.

"Number one, wear my seatbelt, because my grandma's paralyzed because she didn't wear it," Mary said.

While the family didn't get caught up in as much traffic on the journey home Sunday, they did the day before Thanksgiving.  This is something Jim Hale said he will try to prevent for Christmas.

"Don't go during rush hour," Jim said.  "Cincinnati and Dayton are difficult enough to maneuver during normal movement."

While the cars are a concern, Jim said you can't forget about your four-legged family members in the back seat.

"You've gotta be cognizant that you basically have a child in the car and so you stop and play with the toy, let them run and try to take care of them too," he said.

Whether you are traveling by car or air, AAA offers several tips for the next holiday.  AAA suggests everyone to be patient, set up your GPS before you hit the road and allow extra time so you are not in a rush.

The Hale family said they plan on doing this for their travels in December.

"Maybe break up the trip, we usually go straight through but it's easier when we break it up," Mary said.

AAA offers a free app for the smartphone that can be downloaded when you make your next trip.  It provides maps and directions, allows you to find nearby restaurants, hotels, etc. where you can get discounts and it offers options like roadside assistance services.

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