By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
With up to 50,000 spectators expected to attend the 135th Commemoration of the Battle of Antietam event this weekend, motorists should plan on waiting to get in and out of the Rench Road site, especially during peak event times, police and highway officials say.
Preparations should include measures to prevent dehydration and heat stroke in case the wait gets really long, according to American Automobile Association officials.
It should also include a plan to pass the time, especially if you're dealing with children, they said.
AAA spokeswoman Regina Tracy suggests bringing along plenty of fluids and, if possible, packing a non-perishable lunch or snacks.
"It is very possible you can become dehydrated just sitting in the heat," Tracy said.
Bring along sunglasses and suncreen for everyone in the vehicle, she said.
"The sun through a windshield can get pretty severe, so you can get burnt," Tracy said.