Holiday Travel: Check out these travel safety tips for the holidays to have a relaxing trip.

Holiday_TravelWhere are you going this holiday season? Are you traveling over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house? Will you be going to Pennsylvania for some homemade pumpkin pie? Will you be saying Mele Kalikimaka on the beach in Hawaii? No matter where you plan on going, check out these travel tips before you take off.

Car Safety
If you are travelling by car, the weather might cause some unwanted problems. Make sure your car is in its best shape by checking the tires, battery, brakes, windows, and antifreeze before leaving. It is also a good idea to plan ahead in case of an emergency. Check the spare tire to ensure it is properly inflated, and keep a safety kit in the car filled with a flashlight, batteries, jumper cables, a first aid kit, water, food, matches, flares, and blankets. When traveling, try to leave earlier than necessary to account for traffic, weather, and other conditions. Rushing to your destination usually means speeding or other dangerous driving habits. Driving while drowsy is equally as distracting as playing with the radio, eating, or doing makeup while driving. Make sure the driver gets adequate sleep and takes rest stops. When the car is in motion, everyone should be wearing their seatbelt, regardless of if they are in the front or back of the car. If an accident should occur, the seatbelt could save a life. Finally, if you have been drinking holiday spirits, make sure you have a designated driver.

Lock Your Home
This seems like a very obvious step for someone who will be gone on vacation for a while, but it is always good to have an extra reminder. Lock all doors and windows in the home. If someone is watching the house and needs to get in, make sure they have a key and that they lock up when they leave. Santa should be the only guest tiptoeing around your house this holiday season.

Before you leave, make sure to secure all your valuables. No valuable items should be visible from any window. Placing your jewelry, cash, or any other valuables in a hidden safe or a safety deposit box provides an extra level of security. By keeping these items out of sight, it reduces the likelihood of theft while on vacation.

Automated Systems
Do you have an alarm system in your home? If you do, don’t forget to activate it before you leave. Technology has provided plenty of ways to automate functions in your home to make it look like people are still there. By setting your lights and television on a timer, your home will not look vacant. If the home looks occupied, you are less likely to fall victim to theft. All of these services can be controlled with a smartphone with the right equipment.

Social Media
While you might be eager to brag about your trip to the Bahamas to your friends who will be freezing in Ohio, that isn’t the best idea. Posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media about your vacation is letting everyone know your house will be empty for a time. Once your vacation is over, feel free to post all the pictures and statuses you want.

Whether you are visiting your in-laws or working on your tan, you shouldn’t have to worry about your insurance. Call us, Call us, email us, or check out our Facebook page if you have questions about coverage this holiday season.

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