The 4th of July holiday weekend is a wonderful time to travel with family and enjoy patriotic fireworks displays and events all across the country. Unfortunately, due to the vast number of festivities and travel, the incidents of drunk driving, theft and car accidents tend to spike during this time.
You can help keep yourself and your fellow travelers safe during this popular holiday by considering the following five tips:
- Consider Traveling Early
If you plan on traveling right before the 4th of July, you’ll realize very quickly how much traffic is on the road. Even if you’re traveling by airplane, you could experience delays and be stuck in the airport for hours waiting for your flight to leave. Because of the issues that often come with heavy travel all over the country, you might consider leaving a day or two early to avoid the crowds and related delays.
- Obtain Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is an absolute must whenever you’re visiting a new location and will be away from home. You can purchase a travel insurance plan that protects your health and your baggage and personal effects while you are on vacation. Travel insurance can also be relatively inexpensive, and it is well worth the cost if something unforeseen should happen while you are away from home. Be sure to compare travel insurance plans before purchasing to ensure that you have the coverage you need for your particular trip.
- Keep Your Credit Cards and Money Secured
The rate of theft is high around the 4th of July. A lot of this has to do with people traveling, leaving money in hotels or having their purse or wallet easily accessible. Whenever you leave your hotel room, keep your credit cards secured and any money that you have stored away securely. If possible, switch to an RFID wallet that protects against digital theft of credit card information.
- Keeping Track of Car Maintenance
If you’ll be traveling by plane, you just book the flight, get to the airport and hop on. However, if you’re traveling by car, you need to make sure that your vehicle is working well before hitting the road. The last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of a busy highway during the 4th of July. Car maintenance before your trip includes getting an oil change, filling tires with air and checking fluid levels.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings and Use a Designated Driver
Whether you’re staying in a hotel or will be with friends, always have a sense of your location to avoid becoming stuck or lost in unfamiliar and possibly dangerous situation. Also, when the 4th of July parties start, plan ahead to ensure that you have a designated driver to get you safely from place to place. When in doubt, call a cab, Lyft or Uber to ensure that everyone has fun and stays safe.
By following these tips, you’ll have a safe and highly enjoyable 4th of July!