Travel tips to Stay Safe this Holiday Season

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The Holiday season is upon us, giving families and friends the chance to gather and spend quality time together. Whether your family lives 20 minutes or 20,000 miles away, there are many extra precautions while traveling during the holiday season.

Here are a few basic tips to stay safe and make the most out of your Holiday Season:

1. Plan out your trip in advance. Booking flights as far in advance as possible saves a signifiant amount of money and stress for all parties involved during the busiest travel time of the year. Check into your flights and download your boarding passes the day before to save time while checking your bags at the airport (or better yet, just bring a carry on if possible). Many airlines have apps designed to help you keep a digital copy of your boarding pass, and can be scanned by TSA during the security process and your stewardess prior to boarding. Be sure to follow TSA guidelines while packing in order to avoid any inconveniences  ensure a safe flight for everyone on board.

If you’re driving to your destination, be sure to fill up with gas, check your tire pressure and other fluids the night before. If you have children be sure to plan ahead and pack items to keep them entertained during the trip (and from distracting the driver from the road). Also be sure to pack snacks, wipes, medicines and anything else your children might need during the road trip to reduce unnecessarily coming on and off the highway.

2. Pay extra attention to the flow of traffic and the behavior of other drivers on the road. Unfortunately many drivers will be distracted due to the excitement of the holiday season and might not always be paying attention to their speed, distance between vehicles, turn signals, etc.  Please also remember that many truckers are still working even on Christmas Day to provide us with the goods we need. Be courteous to them while driving, and be sure to stay out of any blind spots (i.e. any area where you cannot see the driver’s mirrors). Professional truck drivers should be extra mindful of checking their blind spots and try to remember to be patient with other drivers during this busy time.

Additionally, if weather conditions are unfavorable, be sure to go well below the speed limit and remember that wet roads and ice requires drivers to brake much sooner that normal to avoid an accident. This is especially important for professional truck drivers, who drive much heavier, more potentially damaging vehicles often full of heavy cargo.

3. Have fun, but…..Don’t drink and Drive! Many people like to partake in alcoholic beverages around the holidays like egg nog, wine and champagne. While there’s nothing wrong with having a drink or two to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, it’s never ok to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Check out this chart to use as a guide, you might be surprised how little alcohol it takes most people to be over the legal limit and a danger to other drivers. When in doubt, call a taxi cab or get a ride home (or to your hotel, etc.) from a sober friend or family member. Always better to be safe than sorry.

From everyone here at FleetMode, have a safe and happy holiday season! And remember, eyes on the road, not on your phone. #ItCanWait.