Although the first day of summer isn’t technically until next week, it certainly feels like it’s already here! The kids are out of school and many of us are looking forward to some well-deserved vacation time. If you’re going on a road trip or simply visiting friends or family this summer, make safety a top focus. Here are some travel safety guidelines to keep you out of harm’s way this season.
Preparation For Travel
The key to traveling safe is preparation. It’s important to take your time in planning, researching, and mapping out your trip. A few important questions to have answered before embarking on your trip are: What roads will I be taking? What hotels will I be staying at? What are the weather conditions? Doing your research allows you to get a feel for your destination way before you arrive.
When traveling out of the country have backups of personal documents. You never know when a copy of your passport, driver’s license, or other form of identity will be required. Scan these documents to save them online and to print copies. That way, if you need to return home, you won’t have to scramble to acquire proper papers.
If driving is your method of transportation for your trip, make sure you prepare your vehicle well. Have a mechanic check out your car before the drive. Bring a spare tire, and make sure to have a safety kit in case of an accident. Believe it or not, sleep is crucial before embarking on a car ride. In fact, in 2017 drowsy driving was responsible for 91,000 crashes—resulting in 50,000 injuries and nearly 800 deaths. These numbers have continuously risen and can be more common during the summer with more people traveling. Lastly, when it comes to driving safety make sure you remember the basics – keep eyes on the road, staying buckled up, and be aware of your surroundings.
If your summer vacation plans include a cruise, a trip abroad, or a trip to a more distant part of the country, you should carry travel insurance that includes emergency medical and transportation benefits. If you have a covered medical emergency while traveling, these benefits may cover your medical care and/or emergency transportation, protecting you from unexpected (and potentially huge) medical expenditures.
We are not naive to the fact that vacation doesn’t always go as planned. At Philpot Law Firm, we offer services to help with you any unexpected complications. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact us today!
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