How are you planning to get around this holiday season? Here are a few tips that may help make your holiday commute a little bit safer whether it’s planes, trains, or automobiles!
ON THE ROAD Most holiday travelers get to where they are going by car. If this is how you plan to travel pay attention to some key tips to help keep you safe on the road!
- Make sure the vehicle is in good working order.
- Start out with a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full.
- Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired. Designate a driver who won’t drink.
- If car trouble develops, pull off the road as far as possible.
It’s also recommended to keep an emergency preparedness kit in the vehicle. Useful items include water, snacks, a flashlight, first aid kit, extra cash and blankets. Red Cross Emergency Preparedness kits are available in the Red Cross Store in case you don’t have one already!
TRAINS, PLANES, BUSES For people traveling by air, bus or train, the seasonal flu can occur as early as October. If you have come in contact with someone who is sick, take precautions to ensure that person is not contagious before traveling. Being in a car for a long trip can mean stuffy air and germs. To avoid passing colds, flu, or other illnesses to one another follow these guidelines for healthy traveling!
- Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes and use them to wash hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests.
- If someone has to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or sleeve.
- Pack vitamins and all other medications that may be needed on your trip. Hopefully no one will need them, but it’s better to be prepared!
For more information on how to remain safe while traveling this holiday season, visit the Red Cross web site.