Staying Safe During Holiday Travels

1 decade 4 weeks 1 day ago December 25, 2006 Dec 25, 2006 Monday, December 25 2006 Monday, December 25, 2006 5:23:05 PM CST in News

It's a long haul from Kansas to Tennessee, and making the trip in one day means finding ways to stay awake and alert.

"We listen to the '80s station and try to name the tune fastest," said holiday traveler Daphne McConnell. "So we see who's ahead at the end of the trip, and the kids usually take sides. So they can't play, they don't participate, but they pick sides, they pick teams."

McConnell and her family decided to break up the trip to Knoxville with a quick picnic. Taking plenty of breaks like that are important according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. MoDOT said drivers often start to feel sleepy during the early afternoon, so getting some fresh air by stopping to walk the dog or to play catch can wake you up.

MoDOT also recommends checking your vehicle before the trip and checking weather reports on your route to anticipate driving conditions, leaving early to avoid peak travel hours, and pulling over if you use a cell phone.

"We've checked the weather and we've got everything ready for tires," said McConnell. "We have Triple A, so we don't worry about it too much."

The Saturday and Sunday before Christmas were expected to be the heaviest travel days of the holiday season.

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