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Christmas Travel Safety Tips

Category: Personal Insurance

Christmas is one of the busiest travel times of the year, with many of us traveling by car and by train, bus or plane to spend the holiday with family and friends. Travel in general can be risky, and traveling in winter can be especially dangerous.

The American Red Cross provides holiday travel safety tips so you can arrive safely at your destination.

If you are traveling by car…

  • Make sure your vehicle is in good shape for the trip.
  • Start out with a full tank of gas. Check the tire pressure and fill up on wiper fluid before you leave.
  • Plan your trip in advance, but also be ready for a change in course. Construction, road closings and traffic can change your plans.
  • Keep directions and maps handy at all times.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Be well rested and alert for your trip.
  • Follow all road signs and use caution in work zones.
  • Avoid distractions like eating, loud music and cell phones.
  • Observe all speed limits.
  • Make frequent stops and rotate drivers on long trips. If you get tired and you are the only driver, stop and get some rest.
  • Be respectful of other motorists.
  • Don’t follow too closely behind other vehicles.
  • Clean your vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows before you head out.
  • Turn on your headlights as dusk approaches.
  • If you have car trouble, pull off to the side of the road and call for help.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. It should include water, snacks, a flashlight, a first aid kit, extra cash, blankets, gloves, a hat, medications and anything else essential for you if you were stranded.
  • Pack an ice scraper, towrope, jumper cables and sand or cat litter (for traction if you get stuck).

If you are traveling by train, bus or plane…

First, take steps to avoid catching or spreading the flu:

  • Handle your own belongings as much as possible, rather than having them handled by someone else.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Carry hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipes and use them to wash your hands and rub down surfaces like armrests and tabletops.
  • Bring your own pillows and blankets.
  • If you have to cough or sneeze, do it into a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your face or eyes.

Then, remember to:

  • Plan ahead. Contact your travel agent to book your vacation in advance.
  • Leave an hour earlier than normal to be ready for long lines.
  • Bring plenty of reading material to occupy yourself during delays.
  • Pack as light as possible to comply with baggage limits and weight allowances. Consider shipping gifts to your destination in advance.
  • Stretch your legs often on long trips to avoid developing blood clots in your legs.

Use common sense and discretion as you travel this Christmas, and get to your destination safely. Be sure to contact us if there is anything we can do to help you prepare for your trip.

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