(KTEN ) — Vacationers are braving the nationwide arctic blast and filling the icy roads as the vacations creep nearer.

Extra vehicles on the roads will increase the possibilities of crashes, particularly when paired with slick ice and heavy wind. Based on AAA, practically 8.3 million Texans shall be out on the street this weekend.

“It should be very busy on the roadways in these main metro areas,” mentioned Daniel Armbruster with AAA Texas. “With these colder temperatures [and] your automobile, you need to be ready so you may reduce or mitigate the chance of a roadside emergency.”

AAA recommends vacation vacationers guarantee their automobile is prepared for the climate earlier than hitting the street. Among the chief issues embody useless batteries, flat or incorrectly pressurized tires, and engine issues.

“Take a look at the belts and hoses; be certain that they haven’t any put on and tear on them, they’re in good situation… all of your fuels look good, your oil in fact, antifreeze, and checking to be sure you have sufficient window washing fluid,” Armbruster mentioned.

AAA additionally recommends packing an emergency equipment with a flashlight, jumper cables, and further blankets or coats must you get caught on the roadside within the chilly.