It certainly was a hot one outside Wednesday. News 25 braved the heat at Dodge’s gas station, where we got a look into the upcoming holiday weekend travel. If you wanted to check out local temperatures, you can do so on the pumps at Dodge's. With the holiday weekend coming up, people are starting to fuel up in preparation for their trips.
Wednesday morning, News 25 caught up with a few travelers who decided to get a head start to beat the traffic. Guy Waguespack and his family are off to Fort Walton Beach in Florida to get away for the 4th of July weekend. Waguespack says, “We're going to a resort and we're going for the weekend...holiday weekend.” The holiday weekend is still a few days away, but they wanted to get a head start to avoid heavy traffic. Waguespack also says, “Well, we figured that everyone that goes, goes from Saturday to Saturday, and from what we've been hearing, that's when most of your delays are, so we figured if we leave in the middle of the week that we'd miss most of the traffic.”
The Waguespacks also checked out their car before hitting the road, as did many other travelers. James Gautreaux, a traveler, says, “I have tools and everything, but I keep up with it. We've been lucky so far.” Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. Mechanics stress the importance of getting your car checked before you head out on a long trip. Casey Hartley, a mechanic, says, “Mostly just all your fluids and make sure that everything is topped off. Stop into a service center and just let someone top them off for you.” Hartley says getting your vehicle's fluids topped off is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car from overheating and breaking down, especially in this extreme heat.
Hartley also says, “There's always things that happen, but as long you double check everything, you have a better chance of making it.” As for Waguespack and his family, they've already reached their destination, that is if the rest of their trip Wednesday morning turned out the way they planned it.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin their 4th of July enforcement period beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and will continue patrols through Sunday at midnight to ensure safe travel for all motorists. They encourage travelers to do their part in staying safe this holiday weekend.