Memorial Day Travel

Drivers, pack your patience this holiday weekend

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Arizona residents were prepared for Memorial Day weekend travel. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Arizona residents were prepared for Memorial Day weekend travel. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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"We heard it was back-to-back traffic, so we got our snacks and drinks, and we're just going to be very calm," said Jill Morse.

Arizona drivers are prepared for traffic this holiday weekend.

[RELATED: Lowered I-17 speed limits during peak Memorial Day travel periods]

"I just drive. I’ve lived here in Arizona for 30-plus years, so I just go with the flow," said Kevin Heal.

And it won't just be Interstate 17 that will be bogged down.

"Same thing's true of State Route 87 to Payson area and then heading to the coast I-10, it's going to be very busy, and Interstate 8 will get its fair share with folks heading to San Diego" said Doug Nintzel.

With nine out of 10 people traveling by car.

"That's an increase of about 3 percent over last year," said Michelle Donati of AAA Arizona.

Thousands of travelers will be sharing the road, so drivers need to be aware of their behavior.

"Folks are being careful out there. They're doing smart things like slowing down, avoid tailgating, make sure that everyone is buckled up," said Nintzel.

AAA Arizona recommends having your car prepared with emergency kits.

“Jumper cables, basic repair tools, first-aid kit, a flashlight, batteries," said Donati.

And with our heat you can't forget.

"I have a case of water in case there's traffic problems," said Heal. 

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