How to Stay Safe During Holiday Travel
It’s the end of the year and you’re traveling for the holidays! How do you keep yourself safe? Here are some simple rules for safe holiday travels:
- Drive appropriate for your conditions: It’s officially winter, so some of you might be making trips to enjoy the snow. If you’re from Florida, don’t forget you’ll have to take other factors into consideration while driving. Snow and ice on the roads can cause your car to skid. Make sure you have proper tires for your trip and, when faced with hazardous weather conditions, use extreme caution!
- Don’t assume things are the same: Even if you’re traveling somewhere you’ve been to before, don’t assume everything is as you left it. Construction projects may have changed some roadways you were used to. Some city planning changes may have added or removed traffic signs. Always be aware of your surroundings. You don’t want to be the person who causes a wreck because you thought the intersection only had a two-way stop sign, instead of the newly installed four-way stop sign.
- Use public transportation or taxis if possible: If you’re traveling to a location you have never been to, consider using taxi services or public transportation to get around. While you may gain a certain sense of pride in driving yourself around, it’s never safe to be lost or uncertain of where you are headed. While GPS on our phones have made it easier to locate landmarks better than ever before, if you’re staring at your screen, you’re not looking at the road, and you’re prone to cause a wreck. Having someone who knows the area drive you is safer.
- Check with your insurance company before your trip: We all assume, since we pay for insurance, it will cover us no matter what. Don’t assume! Before a trip, call your insurance company up and confirm you’ll be covered in the event of an accident. Make sure your insurance company knows everything you plan to do in terms of transportation. Are you taking your own car? Are you borrowing a car? Are you renting a car? Are you relying on taxis? Are you driving to another state? It’s always best to double-check. You don’t want to be in an accident and then be told by your insurance company you aren’t covered.
While there’s countless of ways to keep yourself safe while traveling, these 4 steps are a great starting point. However, no matter how safe you are, that won’t matter if someone else is being negligent. If you’re hurt during the holidays, or any time, due to someone else’s negligence, give us a call! We can help! 1-800-332-1992
Please, have a safe, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
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