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 traveling:

  • 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 not only safe, 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 every couple of hours 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 with everyone is 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 Ella 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. Safety should always be the first thing on your mind.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!