Your Checklist for Safe Holiday Travels
Holiday travel can be hectic. Here are some travel safety tips for you this season.
Get a Tune-Up
If you are traveling by car, you will want to make sure it is in prime condition for a long drive. Have your oil changed if needed, top off those fluids, check tire pressure, and make sure there are no other problems that could unexpectedly arise while on the road.
Gather a Supply Kit
You never know what could go wrong while traveling. Be sure to include first aid items such as bandages, antiseptics, and pain relievers. You could also include in your supply kit a set of jumper cables, some non-perishable food items, bottled water, and a snow scraper. You’ll want to be prepared for anything.
Stay Updated on Weather and Road Conditions
Try to pay attention to your route. Accidents or road work may affect travel time and if you know about it before you get there, you can reroute. Keep a weather application on your phone too. This way, you will know if/when you might run into some rain or snow and be prepared for it.
Keep a Map Handy
When traveling somewhere unknown, a GPS can be of great use. Sometimes though, there can be hiccups. If you lose satellite service for any reason, you should always keep a backup map. You can pick one up at most, if not all, rest stops and gas stations along the road.
Don’t Forget the Chargers
Everyone’s most prized possession is their phone these days. Not only great for keeping in touch with your loved ones, they also provide entertainment with games and streaming services for a long trip. Don’t forget your charger for phones, tablets, GPS devices, etc. and you will never be out of touch.
Holiday travel typically means cold weather unless you are traveling in the southern states. Pack an extra blanket and warm gloves, scarves, and hats in the event that your car’s heat malfunctions or there is a break down.
Have Cell Phone Nearby
Of course, you should always keep your eyes on the road and keep your hands off of your cell phone while driving; however, you’ll want to keep it within view. You never know what can happen on the road. There might be a medical emergency or you may happen upon a car accident. It is best to prepare for the unlikely so that you can be of help if anything does occur.
Keep your Children Safe
If you are traveling with children, remind them about not talking to strangers and tell them to stay close to the people you are traveling with. Make sure they are always accompanied by an adult when taking a trip to the restroom or purchasing a travel snack. If you feel they are mature enough, even providing them with a cell phone for emergencies is a great idea.
Store Valuables Out of View
Whether traveling by car, taxi, train, or plane, your important items are at risk for theft. Be aware of your surroundings and when you are stopping for lunch, hide your expensive items in the trunk of your car or in a secret pocket of your suitcase. In a foreign environment, you never know who could be eyeing your personal items.
These steps should be your go-to guide for a safe holiday. Feeling like you and your family have all the bases covered will allow for a much more relaxing experience. Taking these precautions may also benefit those traveling for a long-distance move. If you are one of those people moving over the holidays, let Arpin take the weight off your shoulders. Contact your local Arpin agent to hear all we have to offer.