Vacation season is coming up, which means many will soon be getting a much-needed escape from the winter blues! But vacation time also presents plenty of opportunities for motor vehicle accidents, break-ins, identity theft, and assault. To avoid falling victim to any vehicular injuries or crimes this vacation season, read our four foolproof tips for staying safe while vacationing.
If you’re going on a road trip with family or friends, take precautions to ensure a safe drive to your destination. This includes sleeping well the night before, avoiding distractions on the road, and always keeping your seat belt buckled. In the event of an accident, remain calm and contact the local authorities to file a report. Read our blog post on safe travels for more cautionary tips.
Lock up and let your neighbors know you’ll be gone
Before departing for your trip, make sure you don’t leave your home vulnerable to break-ins or theft. Alert your neighbors of your trip dates and if possible, have a friend collect your mail and turn on the front porch lights each night so your house doesn’t appear uninhabited.
Guard your identity
Identity theft has become an increasingly popular crime as of late. If you’re booking your vacation accommodations online, make sure the website and company are reliable before entering in any credit card information. Once you have arrived in your vacation destination, keep a close eye on your personal belongings and take care not to leave your card behind at restaurants or toss ATM receipts in the trash. Refer to our blog post on identity theft for more in-depth prevention methods.
Travel in groups
There are too many tragic stories out there that begin with Spring Break or a family vacation and end with an abduction or assault. When in an unfamiliar place, avoid breaking away from your group when possible. It’s easy to let your guard down when you’re relaxing in the sun with friends and family, but always be alert and aware of your surroundings.
With these four precautionary tips, you’re well on your way to a safe and enjoyable vacation. If you want more advice on safe traveling or need any kind of legal counsel, don’t hesitate calling a trusted attorney at McAleer Law. You can reach us at (404) 622-5337 or visit us at mcaleerlaw.com. Happy travels!