ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Experts say it's time to buckle up and brace for backups, as over one million Virginians are expected to hit the road for Thanksgiving.

"Safe driving means mindful driving," Albemarle County Master Police Officer Katherine Kane said.

Before you even get on the road, AAA suggests to check your tires, windshield wipers, battery and oil.

After that, they suggest to leave as early as you can, preferably before 11 a.m.

"A lot of people get out of work early and try and jump on the road and find themselves right in the middle that evening commute," Morgan Dean with AAA said.

He said more cars on the road mean more opportunities for accidents.

"Looking away from that roadway for more than two seconds doubles your risk of a crash. And with that many cars on the road it can be very, very dangerous out there," he said.

Dean warns drivers to prepare to be frustrated and to avoid distractions.

"Cell phones are the worst, but it's not the only one. Pets in the car with you, passengers in the car with you, onboard electronics, food and drink," he said.

Albemarle police will be on patrols all through the holiday weekend.  

"They're going to be looking for things like not obeying the marked signs, not obeying traffic lanes and speeding, especially," Kane said.

Kane said to designate a sober driver for every celebration.

"Also, take a look at your friends and family members who've had something to drink if you don't think they're safe to drive. There's nothing wrong with taking their keys," she said.