Who doesn’t love summer vacation? It’s time for family, fun and ROAD TRIPS!!! But we can’t ever forget that safety is the most important part of travel. And while there are countless safety tips and precautions, the following are always on our family’s checklist:
Before You Go…
• Share arrival, departure and destination information with close friends and/or family so people know where you are and when you are expected to arrive.
• Make two copies of all your credit cards, important identification information and medical insurance cards. Take one copy with you and leave one at home.
• Do not put your home address on luggage tags. Use your business address or simply put your phone number for contact information.
• Before you go out of town, contact your local post office and ask them to hold your mail. You can also do it online at USPS.com.
• Put your newspaper delivery on hold while you are out of town.
• Set automatic timers on your lights, radio and other electronics.
• Ask a neighbor to park in front of your house.
• Where is your spare key? An intruder will look in all the most obvious places — a conspicuous plastic rock, under the doormat or above the door. When going on vacation, consider removing the spare key altogether — leave the spare key with a neighbor until you are home.
• Make sure all of your home windows and doors are locked before you leave!
Driving Do’s and Don’ts…
• Check your car’s brakes, tire pressure, antifreeze and wiper fluid levels, battery, windshield wipers and tire pressure.
• Prepare a roadside emergency kit, including jumper cables, a flashlight and plenty of bottled water.
• Be sure to have a First Aid Kit readily available (including bandages in various sizes, antibiotic ointment and wipes, instant cold press, tweezer and latex gloves).
• Plan, map and estimate the duration of your driving ahead of time.
• Check road conditions ahead of time, including possible road closures.
• Long trips can be particularly tough on kids — especially in the heat. Pack plenty of snacks and cold drinks (consider freezing juice boxes and water bottles overnight, so they stay cold).
• Make regular stops so the driver — and the other passengers — can stretch and refocus.
• Stop to eat — drivers should not eat while driving as it can be a distraction.
• Share the driving with another adult to avoid fatigue.
• Manage glare and heat — keep sunglasses handy and use a sun shield beneath your windshield when parked to keep your car’s interior heat down.
• Never leave a child in an unattended vehicle — even with the window slightly open. If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, call 911.
• Never leave your car running and unattended.
• Always check the back seat to make sure all children are out of the car when you arrive at your destination.
• Buckle up. Every trip. Every time. In the front. In the back. In the third row.
• Always plan ahead — use a designated sober driver.
• Do not text or talk on your cell phone while driving.
• If you suspect or see a drunk or dangerous driver, call 911. Don’t feel weird…just do it. It could save a life!!
Sun and Pool Stuff!…
• Apply sunscreen 15 – 30 minutes before going out in the sun and often — especially after excessive perspiration and/or swimming.
• Wear a hat and sunglass whenever you are outside in the sun.
• If you are taking any perspiration medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure they do not cause photosensitivity, which makes you more susceptible to skin damage at a beach or pool.
• Stay in the shade whenever possible — and limit sun exposure during peak intensity hours (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
• Never leave children alone in or near the pool or spa, even for a moment.
• STAY HYDRATED!!!
Beyond being safe…have a wonderful vacation. You and your family deserve it!
Safe travels, my friends.
*I am Leigh-Mary (Barone) Hoffmann – born and raised in Farmingdale. I’ve worked in travel public relations for 20 years and have a personal blog – Happily Ever Laughter – where I can share feel-good and inspirational stories, a handful of funny anecdotes and a bunch of laughs, as well as a good helping of “I can totally relate to that” messages. I would love for you to check it out – www.happilyeverlaughterblog.com.
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