SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Whether it's going to a relative's house for Thanksgiving or going shopping for some deals. Many of us will be driving on the long holiday weekend.
The big question is, what will the weather be like out on the roads? This time of year we can expect just about anything from rain, snow or even a wintry mix and that could affect your commute.
According to the Federal Highway Administration the majority of weather related crashes happen on wet pavement or when it's raining.
Snow and sleet only make up about 15 percent of the crashes. Wet roads account for 75 percent. On highways rain can reduce your average speed up to 10 miles per hour. In snow, you may be going around 30 miles per hour slower.
Snow and fog which contribute to low visibility can also reduce your speed.
Most people 22News talk to take precautions when they have to drive in bad weather.
"If it's necessary to go out in the snow we adjust our speed, keep a distance between the other cars and maintain a calm demeanor and don't be i a rush to get somewhere," said Tom Quinn of Springfield.
"If the roads are blatantly icy and dangerous we might even stop at the rest area and not travel until we feel the roads are safe to be back on," said Becky Rouhi of Springfield.
Right now it looks like the weather should remain quiet for most of next week.