LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --Slippery roads contributed to more than 12,000 crashes and 72 fatalities in 2012, according to Kentucky State Police.
That's a number police hope to curb in 2013, as an estimated 43 million people travel for their Thanksgiving holiday.
AAA predicts about 90 percent of travelers will hit the roads and with a wintry mix in the forecast, drivers should give themselves more time and prepare for the worst.
Claudia Collins, a Louisville branch manager with AAA, says there are a handful of steps you should take before you hit the roads regardless of where you go.
"Make sure your cars have been well maintained, inspected and the tires are inflated. Always wear seat belts. Driving in wintry conditions is different than normal weather, so it will take longer a time to slow down," Collins said.
Tire changes, battery boosts and tows are the most common AAA services used during the holiday season.