A record number of people in the U.S. will be traveling during the Christmas/ New Year holidays this year. With this record, it is more important than ever to remember holiday travel safety tips.
Whether you are traveling to be with family or a holiday vacation destination, it is important to keep safety in mind. The following tips can help you have a happy and safe holiday.
Travel Safety Tips
Get plenty of rest and stay alert while traveling, especially if you are driving
Criminals do not take the holidays off, stay alert to the potential for crime
Secure valuables in a locked area of the vehicle out of site, gifts are attractive to criminals, as well as children
Monitor weather conditions for your point of departure, route and final destination and plan accordingly
If driving, plan your route and prepare. Familiarize yourself with alternate routes given the likelihood for traffic delays
If you will be driving in snow or ice, make sure to check the snow/ice related equipment on your vehicle, take your time and avoid sudden stops or acceleration
Remind children to avoid strangers who may use holiday related enticements to attract them
Avoid the temptation to carry more passengers than you have seat-belts for, every rider should be secured
If traveling by air, remember to stay hydrated by drinking non-caffeinated beverages
No matter the travel means, avoid long periods of immobility so as to minimize the risk of blood clots (Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT) that may result from reduced circulation in the legs
Maintain your focus on safety during this happy season in order to give you and your family the gift of a safe homecoming.