Travel Safety

Tuesday, Dec 08 2015 03:46 PM

With the holiday travels coming up many will be traveling and it is important to think about the safety when doing so, 

1. To not publicize your travel or vacation plans on social media.

2. Consider purchasing special clothing or accessories to hide your money, credit cards or passport. Keep the majority of your money in travelers checks and hidden. Use a money clip. If you are robbed, you may lose the money in the clip but will retain important credit cards and documents.

3. Let go if your bag is snatched.

4. At airports, proceed through security checks and go to the boarding area as quickly as possible. These areas are usually the most secure in the airport.

5. In a crowded situation, be aware of any crowding or jostling, even if it appears innocent. This is often a ploy by pickpockets to distract you.

6. If staying in a hotel, place valuables: money, jewelry, airplane tickets, credit cards, passport, in the hotel safe deposit box.

7. Do not discuss your hotel room number while standing in the lobby or leave your room key on restaurant or bar tables.

8. When in your car, always keep your doors locked.If you are being followed, never lead the person back to your hotel or stop and get out. Drive to the nearest police station or public facility. When you park, look for a spot that offers good lighting.

The weather has an impact on traveling, too, so be sure and check the weather forecasts and road conditions. Before traveling, you should:

1. Keep your gas tank above half-full.

2. Check or have mechanic check the following items on your vehicle:

3. Antifreeze levels-ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.

4. Brakes-check for wear and fluid levels.

5. Exhaust system-repair as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.

6. Fuel and air filters-replace as needed.

7. Battery and ignition system-make sure they’re clean and functioning properly.

8. Heater and defroster-ensure they work properly.

9. Lights and flashing hazard lights-check for serviceability.

10. Thermostat-ensure it works properly.

11.Windshield wiper equipment-repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.

12. Install good winter tires-make sure the tires have adequate tread. Have an emergency supply kit for your car in case it's needed. Include the following items:

1. Jumper cables-consider including flares or reflective triangles.

2. Flashlights-with extra batteries.

3. First aid kit-remember any necessary medications.

4. Food: non-perishable food such as canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars.

5. Manual can opener

6. Water-at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days.

7. Basic toolkit-pliers, wrench, screwdriver.

8. Radio-battery or hand cranked.

9. Ice scraper

10. Clothes: warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold.

11. Blankets or sleeping bags

12. Charged cell phone and car charger.