Millions of people around the world will be traveling this holiday season. To promote safe passage, the folks at the Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System have assembled some tips to help wayfarers arrive at their destinations, whether they travel by land or air. As our holiday gift to you, we encourage you to follow these tips to improve your 2019 travel experience:
- Take your vehicle to a mechanic for a safety inspection, to make sure everything is in working order.
- Map your route in advance.
- Familiarize yourself with the new safety standards for child passengers.
- Stay up to date with the latest traffic information from your local DOT.
- Take your time. Instead of rushing to your destination, enjoy the ride.
- Keep valuables hidden from view so your car won’t attract thieves at pit stops.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car. Check Ready.Gov for a list of items to include.
- Buckle up in every seat, on every trip, no matter the distance.
- Properly buckle up kids in the back seat. Use a secure car seat, booster, and/or seatbelt, depending on the child’s weight, height, and age.
- Don’t drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Encourage others to follow suit.
- Obey posted speed limits. But drive slower if road conditions warrant extra caution.
- Drive free from distractions (like using a Smartphone or texting).
- Bring plenty of bacon for snacks on the road. (Just a thought.)
- Sign up to receive travel alerts.
- Anticipate delays and increased security requirements.
- Don’t wrap gifts before your flight. Although TSA allows wrapped packages, they may need to unwrap them. You may even wish to ship gifts ahead of time or wrap presents after you arrive at your destination.
- Prepare a small emergency kit for your suitcase. Include items such as a flashlight, batteries, a USB power bank and a first aid kit. Pack valuables and medication in your carry-on bag.
- Keep charging cables at the ready.
- Leave hazardous materials at home.
- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offers fun tips to help you prepare for the screening process.
- Remain alert. If you see something, say something.
- Keep yourself healthy by frequently washing your hands and using sanitizer after touching surfaces that have been exposed to the public.
Traveling with Pets (Which I highly recommend.)
- Don’t forget to pack emergency items for four-legged family members.
- If you plan to be on the road with animal companions for the holidays, make sure your car and/or luggage includes items such as water and food. Also, include an item to remind him or her or home — something familiar, such as toy or blanket, which can help alleviate stress.
- You probably have photos of your pet on your phone. But if not, take some now for identification purposes. A photo of you with your pet may be best. So, break out the selfie stick. Emergency preparedness can be fun!
- Try to figure out a way to bring your dog in the cabin rather than stowing in the belly of the plane, which isn’t temperature controlled.
Additional Travel Safety Resources
- The American Red Cross offers guidelines for helping drivers stay safe while on highways.
- Safe Travel Tips via Gov.
- TSA Travel Tips
- Discover the S. Customs & Border Protection Trusted Traveler Program.
Wherever your travels may take you, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!
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