Car Travel Tips
For many of us the holidays mean a chance to see family and friends and enjoy the holiday spirit. It also often means traveling, whether you are driving 15 miles to the next town, 100 miles, or heading to the airport - many of us will inevitable travel this holiday season. It’s important to take extra caution during the holiday season to make sure you and your family arrive at your destination safely. The following are some tips that People’s Trust Insurance have put together to help ‘steer’ you in the right direction when you head out for the holidays.
- Just say no - Never drink and drive, but also be on the lookout for haphazard driving and drivers operating their vehicles under the influence. Unfortunately, the number of accidents and fatalities caused by drinking inevitably rises around the holiday season.
- The clocks are changing – Light makes our roads easier to see, and with daylight savings it will be darker when we head out then we may be used to. During the winter months, an earlier sunset means you’ve got less daylight to work with. Ideally, plan your trip to avoid driving at night.
- Be ready for the what if’s – Cold weather (that can happen in North Florida) can take its toll on car batteries. Double-check to make sure you’ve got jumper cables in your trunk. You never know when an easy jump-start could save you time and hassle – or when you could use them to help someone else. It’s also helpful to always keep a first aid kit in your car for just in cases.
- Don’t always trust the GPS - Particularly if you’re traveling on unfamiliar roads, make sure you get directions in advance.
- Don’t leave valuables in the car - Holiday season in the United States brings with it increased vehicle break-ins – especially at shopping malls. If you are going on a road trip plan to pack your suitcases in when you are leaving, don’t put them in the night before.
- Full tank of gas - Make sure your tank is full before you head out, in the event of traffic it’s best not to be stuck because you ran out of gas.