Whether it’s just for a day or two or an extended vacation, there are a number of things people can do to have a safe, smooth and enjoyable trip when heading out in their vehicle.
Plan accommodations in advance:
• Do research on any hotels to stay at by using websites.
• Make and confirm reservations.
• Consider downloading a travel guide.
Choose transportation wisely:
• Travel in a vehicle that is in good condition.
• Keep an emergency kit in the vehicle that includes a backup battery for cellphones, first aid kit, nonperishable foods, blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables and a tire gauge.
Create an itinerary and leave it with a friend or family member:
• Include when the family is leaving and coming back and anywhere they will stay.
• Try to check in with the emergency contact daily.
• Bring necessary documents, such as driver’s license, passport and a credit or debit card.
• Have a list of important phone numbers available, such as medical.
Secure the home:
• Unplug everything except the refrigerator or freezer.
• Install timers on lights to make it look like someone is there.
• Put motion detectors on outside lights.
• Install a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature.
• Keep valuables secured in a safe deposit box.
Above all, keep healthy by filling prescriptions in advance, eating right and getting some appropriate exercise.