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Santa's Not the Only One Traveling

Posted December 15, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Santa's not the only one who will be traveling over the coming holidays. So many of us hit the nation's skies and highways, the season's hustle and bustle is routinely marked by long lines at airport check-ins and traffic snarls along the roads.

Even though the highways probably won't be as jammed as they were for Thanksgiving, a lot of travelers will be leaving North Carolina for points beyond -- or heading back into the state to visit family and friends.

Nearly 800,000 people will hit North Carolina roads the Friday before Christmas. And they'll be staying on the roads until shortly after New Year's.

One of the things motorists think about is the price of gas. Even though they're the lowest they've been in months, we'll still be paying a little more for gas than last year. But during this holiday, most people say they'll pay the price to get where they're going.

Donna Williamson said she and her husband wouldn't miss seeing her grandchildren for anything. She said even if gas prices rose, that wouldn't deter their trip.

No matter where you're going, the main thing is to get there safely.

Joe Daughtry said that for the holidays he tries to be especially careful. "I try not to go on many strange roads and many times if I am going to a new place, I'll try to map out my road numbers."

The state patrol advises that motorists take their time, pull over to a rest stop, have a cup of coffee and take a break from the road.

After all, one reason Santa may be so jolly is that he's the only one who avoids traffic jams at Christmas. Now if we could only find a sleigh and some flying reindeer....