Tips to Travel Safely This Holiday Season

Now that the holiday season is upon us, travel plans are likely in the works for many. If you plan on traveling a great distance this winter, make sure you properly prepare for it. This will help ensure your safety in the event of any accidents or emergencies. No one can completely prevent bad things from happening, but we can all take certain measures that will reduce the impact such incidents can have.

We have compiled a list of tips below that will help you travel more safely during your holiday vacation:

  • Know how to drive safely on icy roads: If you live in an area where icy roads are a non-issue, but plan on traveling to an area where such hazards are commonplace, it would be wise to read up on what you should do to navigate your vehicle. Some tips for driving on icy roads include reducing speed, leaving plenty of room to stop, and always allowing extra time to reach your destination without being in a mad rush.
  • Plan ahead and know alternative routes: As you plan out your travel route, make sure you do not rely on just one. You might end up hitting a road closure, construction work, or severe bumper-to-bumper traffic, so it is important to feel confident in where you are going at all times. Map out a few different routes, or at least try to familiarize yourself with the area, so you are able to navigate your way around any obstacles. This will lessen your dependency on your GPS a bit, which means you will not be distracted on the road.
  • Make time for rest stops: There is a big difference between driving during the winter versus driving during the summer. Winter driving tends to tire people out more, which is why frequent rest stops are important when you travel during this time of year, even if all you get a chance to do is stretch your legs. This will help you stay alert on the road and boost your energy level.
  • Always travel with a phone charger: These days, most of us have cell phones, which is immensely helpful if you ever have an emergency on the road and need to call for help. However, your phone will not be much good to you if the battery is dead, so always make sure you keep a phone charger in your vehicle to ensure it is always ready for use. Obviously, this does not mean you should use your phone while driving. If you do need to use it, pull over someplace safe and resume driving once you are finished.
  • Give a close friend or family member a copy of your trip itinerary and photocopies of any important documents: Before you go anywhere, remember to give a copy of your itinerary and contact information to a friend or family member. If anything were to happen to you, or if there is an emergency back home, this can help provide an extra measure of safety. For example, if you end up not returning home on the date your itinerary states, your friend or relative would know that something could possibly be wrong.

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