Watch Out for Turkeys

Watch Out for Turkeys

winter-drivingHoliday travel can be especially challenging due to congested roadways, added distractions and an increased number of fatigued or drunk driving – all of which can lead to tragedy.

Here are few tips to follow for safe holiday travelling:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver or take a cab.
  • Eliminate distractions, including the use of mobile devices.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law!
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
  • Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road – it’s the law.
  • Don’t drive fatigued. Stay alert.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before your trip begins.
  • Leave early – allow an extra 10-15 minutes per hour of travel for emergencies and traffic.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Plan your travel route in advance.
  • Allow extra time if you are on a long trip so you can take a break and stretch your legs.
  • Drive defensively.

This time of year can be hectic and in a rush to get everything done, it can be easy to overlook some necessary safeguards. If it’s just a trip across town for shopping or a drive across the state to see Aunt Bertha and the rest of the family; it’s important to take that extra minute before embarking on your trip to ensure that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up and secured for the journey.

Here are a few other things to think about that really don’t have much to do with driving but we want you to be safe at home as well as on the road.

  • Don‘t leave appliances on as you depart. Don’t leave a dryer, dishwasher or washing machine on as you leave your home. A hose could break or a fire could start and there will be nobody home to turn off the appliance to avoid damage.
  • Ladies – turn off the curling irons and hair dryers!
  • Turn off the water to your hoses and washing machine. If a hose breaks, you have avoided a flood.
  • Close and lock all doors and windows.
  • Do something to make sure your home looks occupied. (leave a couple of lights on, a radio or TV)
  • Don‘t invite intruders by posting your plans on social media such as Facebook or Twitter.
  • If you live in a cold weather area, wrap your pipes. In some areas with sub-freezing temperatures, you may want to leave faucets with a trickle of water to avoid frozen pipes
  • Don’t turn your heater off completely while you are away., use the thermostat to lower the temperature.
  • If you are going to be on an extended trip – stop your mail.
  • Move that spare key you think is “hidden” under a rock or doormat. Criminals will always look there first.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday with your friends and family!