Summertime Safety Tips, Part 8: Think Safety When Going on a Trip
Summertime is usually the right time to take a vacation. In fact, according to the website Statistic Brain, 45 percent of Americans decided to take a summer vacation in 2015, a number that is sure to increase this summer thanks to lower gas prices. And the number one mode of transportation to take us on these vacations? That’s right, your car. A whopping 91 percent of summer trips are taken in personal vehicles. That’s a lot of people on the road and you know what that means…a lot of car accidents happening. And it’s not just our country that sees an increase in wrecks — according to the World Health Organization, the number one cause of death for U.S citizens abroad is motor vehicle crashes.
Car accidents aren’t the only problems you have to worry about while on vacation. For instance, if you are traveling abroad this summer, you have to worry about emergency situations, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest. If you’re just heading to a hotel for the weekend, you may have to deal with a possible fire.
Hey, we don’t want to scare you; we just want you to be safe while going out of town. So, with that in mind, here’s a few vacation safety tips you should follow before heading out on your vacation this summer:
- If you’re taking your car on a long road trip, make sure it’s in tip top shape. That means check the fluids, make sure the tires are inflated properly, and there is no recalls on the vehicle that could compromise your safety.
- If you’re heading out of the country, check in with the State Department. In fact, you should register your travel plans at the agency’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so you can be contacted if an emergency arises.
- Leave an itinerary and emergency contact information with a family member or a friend who can alert authorities if something happens to you.
- Don’t flash around any cash or valuables. You never know who is watching.
- Keep an emergency car kit in case you break down. This should include a first aid kit, reflective warning signs, bottled water, and other important items.
If you get into an auto accident while on vacation, don’t worry, we got your back. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.