Thanksgiving travel tips

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Kansas Division of Transportation (KDOT) is providing suggestions forward of a busy journey week.

The company stated getting ready earlier than a visit begins and protecting security in thoughts are necessary steps to having begin to Thanksgiving and different vacation gatherings.

KDOT teamed up with the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) and Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) to share a number of reminders.

They encourage drivers to first, examine KDOT’s travel information website earlier than hitting the highway. This instrument affords up-to-date highway situation info and is up to date 24/7.

“The KanDrive web site is a good useful resource when touring Kansas highways – serving to you keep knowledgeable about highway situations and building initiatives occurring throughout the state,” stated Secretary Julie Lorenz. “Be told so you possibly can select one of the best route to securely get you the place it’s essential go.”

The companies additionally encourage drivers planning to journey on the turnpikes in Kansas, Oklahoma, or Texas to get a K-TAG. They stated it offers the bottom tolls and works in all three states.

“Your vacation travels would be the most inexpensive on the Kansas Turnpike with a Okay-TAG,” stated Bruce Meisch, KTA’s Director of Know-how. “With our latest announcement of a toll adjustment coming in February, a Okay-TAG is extra necessary than ever because you’ll save a major quantity off the money price. As a result of it really works in Oklahoma and Texas, your regional journey can be even simpler.”

With many individuals planning to hit the highway this Thanksgiving, it’s additionally necessary for drivers to maintain their deal with the highway. The Kansas Freeway Patrol asks Kansans to ditch the distractions, don’t drive impaired, buckle up, and have youngsters secured in correctly fitted security seats.

“As pals and households collect throughout our state, KHP can be there to maintain you secure. There can be further patrols all through the vacation weekend. Please do your half to make sure everybody makes it to their locations safely,” stated KHP Lt. Candice Breshears. “All the time have a good time responsibly and have a plan in place for a delegated driver or make the most of a rideshare service. And all the time, buckle up and put the distractions away so you possibly can deal with driving safely.”

The company’s ultimate reminder is for vacationers to examine their automobile’s situation and have a primary winter journey package helpful in case of an emergency. Some objects to pack in it are blankets, bottled water, non-perishable meals, cellular phone charger, ice scraper, jumper cables, and a first-aid package.

Anybody that wants help on the freeway is requested to name *47 for KHP or *582 whereas on the Kansas Turnpike. For an emergency, name 911.

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