Safe holiday travel tips
Don’t drink and drive and other holiday travel safety tips
Traveling during the holidays can be stressful. And for good reason, balancing multiple commitments, journeying long distances, and dealing with some terrible weather can make any happy holiday into a trying trip.
Don’t add extra stress to the experience by being unsafe. So, while you’re headed to your next celebration, stay safe whether you’re traveling by ground or air.
Holidays mean it is a time to party, but if you’re going to drink, don’t drive. This holiday season make sure to drive sober, for loved ones and yourself.
The numbers speak for themselves about the importance of staying sober behind the wheel. In 2016, 20,497 people died in alcohol-involved crashes, 28% of the total traffic deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control, with children, infants to 14 years old, representing 1,233 of the deaths.
If you’re going to drink, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests to designate a sober driver, or use public transportation or a ride share service to travel, otherwise you are putting people at risk. Likewise, don’t let your friends or family drive drunk, help them make safe arrangements, and if you need to, take their keys.
Be on the lookout for others that may be drinking and driving, and if you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911 — if you’re in the U.S. — or your appropriate emergency services number. You could save someone’s life.
For those in colder climates, it’s important to take precautions for driving in icy, slick conditions. Full visibility is an important part of safety, so remember to clear the car of snow and ice.
The NHTSA recommends clearing the windshield, windows, headlights and turn signals to make sure you’ll see what’s coming and let others know where you’re going. If you have any other extra features such as a back-up camera or forward sensors, make sure to clear those as well or they may not function as intended,
Timing is important, especially while driving in the winter. Give yourself plenty of time to stop. Ice and slippery conditions may affect the time you have to suddenly break. For these same reasons, it may be worth driving more slowly under winter weather conditions, because your vehicle may not handle as well on icy or wet roads.
And no matter the conditions, always remember to buckle up.
While you don’t have as much control over your course when traveling by plane, pay attention to what you bring with you.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reminds travelers to check any bags containing aerosol cans, deodorant, tanning spray or animal repellants. Similar products that can cause issues are nail polishes, paints and glues.
The FAA asks for passengers to keep lithium-ion batteries in their carry-ons, because if a fire does occur from a damaged battery, fires are easier to extinguish in the cabin area than in the cargo hold.
Also following some of the tried and true rules of air travel will help while traveling. Pay attention to the flight attendant in order to find out what to do in an emergency. And just as in a car, buckle up while you’re sitting down.
Also, be sure to follow any restrictions the airline places on carry-on bags to help prevent injuries while in transit.
Stay safe while traveling to make sure you reach your destination healthy and unharmed.
SafeBee® Top Three
1. Don’t drink and drive
2. Allow proper stopping times
3. Make sure to pack appropriately when you fly