Traveling for Thanksgiving Weekend?
It's that time of the year again, where airport terminals are packed, and gas pumps are lined with cars.
Thanksgiving weekend marks one of the busiest travel times of the year.
For those flying, it's nothing they aren't used to.
"We're season travelers, we travel a lot," said Nevada-bound Sara Belchik, "It's no more stress today than it would be any other day.""
But for people like Rubal Virdi, who will be traveling on the road, this weekend is one of the most hectic.
Virdi says he will be traveling to the western part of the state, taking Snoqualmie Pass, which is expected to be hit with some snow this weekend.
"I drive a subaru, it's all-wheel drive, it handles really well in the snow," said Virdi.
On average, about 150,000 drivers use Snoqualmie Pass on Thanksgiving weekend.
Virdi says he keeps his trunk full of supplies in case it were to happen again.
"A blanket, flashlight, flares and just to prepare, I usually check the pass," said Virdi.
Virdi says he also keeps first aid kits, tools, and extra clothing, as if he had to step outside of his car at any point.
The Washington Department of Transportation says drivers should also keep their cars properly equipped for the winter season in general, with snow chains, studded tires or tire socks.
The WADOT says drivers should not only be properly equipped and supplied this weekend, but also prepared to make any adjustments to their driving, especially with severe weather and poor road conditions.
"This is about drivers getting used to driving in the snow," said WADOT spokesperson Summer Derrey, "So you have to retrain yourself to be aware of your surroundings, we say 'ice and snow, take it slow,' we mean it. Take your time on the highways, and if you're not comfortable driving, then don't go."
And before you hit the pass, Virdi suggests drivers make a quick stop in places like Cle Elum and gas up.
"Just fill up your tank," said Virdi, "Because you never know when you're going to have to wait for a long time in case there's a crash or something happens, or they're clearing the pass. I would say have a full tank just to be safe."
The Department of Transportation has a list of the items every driver should carry in their car when traveling.
To view that list, click here.