By Jay Lloyd

By Jay Lloyd

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Record numbers of drivers have been on the roads during recent holiday getaways. This Christmas in not likely to be an exception, but there are some hassle reducing routes.

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A straight line may be the shortest way between two points, if you like a lot of company. But avoiding turnpikes and freeways during peak holiday periods is certainly more relaxing and sometimes quicker.

Suppose you’re heading south to the D.C. area. I-95 looks tempting, but navigating to 213 and 301 on the Maryland Eastern Shore with a stop at Chestertown for lunch, then over the Bay Bridge and straight to the capital is a lot more scenic and relaxing.

Going to the Metropolitan New York area. Do you really enjoy the New Jersey Turnpike? I like 202 to 22 with a stop at New Hope or Lambertville. Beats turnpike fast food, every time.

A western Pennsylvania destination? Shun the pike and pick up scenic route 30 with a stop in Dutch Country, then find a connecting road to your destination west of Harrisburg.

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You get the idea. Use paper maps for the big picture and a map app for connections.

Enjoy the ride.

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