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Holiday Traveling – KSNF/KODE

Lower gas prices can offer a cheaper option for holiday travel. But the Missouri State Highway Patrol is hoping travelers are taking the necessary steps to drive safely this Christmas.

Last minute travelers are hitting the road today. And with gas prices being lower than they have been in a while, traveling by car is the more cost effective option.

“Gas is just awesome. This is a time to be doing it. Besides all that we can pack all the presents into the car. We can’t pack those into a plane,” says Ron Hass.

If you are choosing to drive to your holiday event this year, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is suggesting some tips help you travel safely this year. If you are doing a longer trip, be sure to take breaks in between to lessen the likelihood of fatigued driving.

“Not get tired, not get sleepy. Don’t want to do any sleep driving. It just makes it nicer to stop every once and awhile,” says Philip Moore.

And give yourself enough time to get to your destination. Don’t speed and follow traffic signals. Even if you arrive a little bit late, you can at least arrive safe and sound.

“The speed limits are there to protect everyone, not only you but all the people around you. You know, just take your time if you get there 5 minutes after dinner started, so what. It’s still ok. It’s so much better to get there a few minutes late than to not get there at all if you have been injured or killed in a crash,” says Sgt. John Lueckenhoff.

Officials also add to be sure you have a designated driver if you plan on drinking this holiday, and be sure to always your seatbelt.