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No freeway closures over holidays good news for Phoenix drivers

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there will be no freeway closures for construction work in the Phoenix area through Jan. 2.

Construction projects will continue through then, but will not require full freeway closures.

Though this is good news for holiday drivers, they are encouraged to follow these safety tips for traveling this holiday season:

-Check your vehicle ahead of time, including tire pressure, fluid levels and the condition of engine belts. Consider having your vehicle serviced by a qualified mechanic.
-Get a good night’s rest before heading out on a trip. Drowsy driving is unsafe.
-Buckle up and double-check child safety seats.

-Be patient, obey speed limits and don’t tailgate.
-Be prepared for unscheduled closures due to crashes, disabled vehicles or other incidents.
-Be prepared for changing weather and winter driving conditions. Have an emergency kit that includes extra clothes, blankets, flashlights, snack foods and drinking water.
-Never drive while impaired. Plan ahead for a designated driver if necessary.