Although it is that time of year, Spring Break, there are some things to remember when you are setting out on any trip. Taking a few precautions in advance can certainly help when the unexpected occurs. None of us ever plan for accidents, injuries, sicknesses or other inconveniences when we are planning our trips, but that's why it's best to be prepared.
Things to have and check before you go on a trip
If you are traveling by car, it's a good idea to see what the weather is going to be like at your vacation spot. That way, you can see if there are any weather alerts. If there is inclement weather, you may want to alter your route or delay your start. Many cars are equipped with GPS capabilities, and they are great. It is also a good idea to have a regular map or atlas in your car in case something happens and your car’s system malfunctions. You should also look over your car before leaving for your trip. You should check out all belts, hoses, fluid levels, spare tire and tires on the car. A few other tips include:
- Pack tools, cell phone charger, first aid kit, flashlight, water and snacks just in case an unlikely event occurs.
- Remember to bring your health insurance card as well as proof of car insurance. Your registration should always be in your vehicle.
- Know where the hospitals and medical facilities are in the area you will be visiting.
- Let your family and friends know when you are leaving and when you’ll get back.
- If you are traveling by bus, rail or air, don’t bring magazines with your name and address. Tear off your address label or mark it out. You do not want people who know that you are away from home to know where you live.
- Don't have your name and address highly visible on your luggage for the same reason. If you have a business card, use that as identification on your luggage.
- Be aware of pickpockets who prey on people in crowds. They get close and bump into you without you noticing. Pickpockets also work in groups. One will distract you while the other slips away with your goodies.
- If you stop at a restaurant, bar or cafe and set your bag down, put your foot through the strap. That way, it won't be taken without you knowing. Also, you'll remember to take it with you when you're done eating.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I highly recommend taking a little more time to plan a trip in advance. This could save you from headaches later. You will also want to be aware of your surroundings. You will likely be driving on roads that you aren't familiar with and animals, like deer, could leap out in front of your car without warning. With that said, it's a good idea to scan the road and the side of the road, especially in wooded areas. Be safe on the roads, and have a great vacation!