With children off from school, parents tend to take a break from work to make the most of this 11 day end of the year holiday time. Over 90 million people will hop in the car and travel to see family, friends or head to a vacation destination this holiday season.
When traveling we always need to take precautions but especially during the holiday season. The holidays are a time when people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other crimes. These following tips can help you be more careful and more aware during the holidays.
Holiday Travel Tips that will KEEP YOU SAFE!
KEEPING SAFE FROM CRIME
* Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device like the 911Tracker.
* When stopping at night make sure you park in a well lighted area.
* Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
* Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. If you leave packages in your car make sure they are out of sight and in the trunk.
* When walking to your car, make sure you have your keys in hand so you can quickly get into your car.
* When approaching and leaving your vehicle be aware of your surroundings.
* Check weather, road, and traffic conditions before take off.
* Familiarize yourself with directions and maps before you go.
GET TO KNOW YOUR CAR
* If traveling in snowy conditions, clean snow, ice, or dirt from windows, forward sensors, headlights, taillights, and the backup camera.
* Before take off visit a mechanic for routine maintenance and repair items that need to be fixed or refilled
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
* Have an emergency road side kit in your car in case you break down. Your kit should include a shovel, broom, ice scraper, kitty litter (in case you get stuck), jumper cables, flashlight, and warning devices, blankets, water, food and necessary medicines.
* Stay with your stopped or stalled car.
* To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide, don’t run your car for long periods of time with the window up or in an enclosed space; keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow and run the engine only long enough to stay warm.
Please enjoy the holiday season and we hope these tips will help you stay safe while traveling. Just remember it’s better to overly prepared than not prepared enough.