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The Verge Cincinnati | Holiday Travel Tips

It’s that time of year again where we all start to travel for the holidays here are a few safety tips to make sure your travel goes smoothly. 

1.       Always make sure that your home or apartment is prepared for your departure.  Make sure that there are no leaking pipes, cracked windows or broken locks.  Make sure when you leave your home your thermostat is at least 65 degrees to avoid freezing pipes which result in costly repairs. If you have someone you trust have them stop by your home to check on it especially if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time. Leave lights on to give the impression someone is home.

2.       If driving prepare your vehicle for travel change the oil, check tire pressure and if possible have a mechanic look it over to avoid being stranded on the side of the road. Make sure that you have a plan in place should something happen to your vehicle checking with your insurance to make sure you have roadside assistance or purchasing AAA is the best idea to accomplish this. Make sure that you have an emergency car kit, blankets, snacks and water in case you have to wait for assistance.

3.       If driving plan your route, make sure that you are not only relying on your cell phone for directions as reception can be spotty in some areas and you don’t want to get lost.  Make sure to have a back up plan for navigation such as a GPS or map.

4.       When driving make sure to make frequent stops especially if driving at night.  If you feel that you are too tired to continue don’t risk it stop and get rest, distracted and tired drivers are one of the biggest risks on the road especially at night.

5.       Make sure that you have a cell phone and charger in your vehicle to avoid being stranded with no ability to contact anyone.

6.       Let people know where you are traveling to and what your planned route is.  Should something happen to you and you are not heard from this helps authorities track where you have been and assists them to locate where you might be.