Summer Travel Safety Tips
With summer here and children out of school, many families will be taking off on trips. Whether you are flying to your destination or traveling via car, you want to be sure and take the precautions necessary to avoid accidents and personal injuries. Even if you are only going on a small trip, reviewing the following summer travel safety tips can help increase you and your loved one’s safety.
Airplane Travel Safety Tips
A recent CBS 60 Minutes news report on Allegiant Airlines and an allegedly high number of in-air problems and emergency landings had many ticket holders canceling their flights. Less than a week later, a mid-air mishap on a Southwest flight claimed the life of a passenger and did nothing to ease public fears. The fact is that flying continues to be one of the safest forms of travel, but you do need to be prepared in the event of an emergency situation.
Aside from major malfunctions, simply flying through turbulence can leave you at risk for slips, falls, and being struck by or against objects. AirSafe offers these tips to protect yourself:
Lower your risk of problems taking off or landing by flying non-stop when possible.
Avoid placing heavy objects in overhead bins, which could cause injuries if they come loose during turbulence.
Pay close attention to the emergency instructions at the beginning of the flight.
Keep your seat belt on at all times.
Keep trips to the restroom to a minimum.
While you may be tempted to pass the time on your flight by having a few cocktails, keep it to a minimum. Being intoxicated in any situation always increases your accident and injury risks.
Play It Safe On The Road
If you will be traveling by car this summer, making sure your vehicle is well maintained before you go is a top priority. Even if you are only going short distances, breakdowns will spoil your fun, and standing by the side of the road waiting for help leaves you vulnerable.
Check traffic and weather conditions as well, and let someone know when you are leaving and your expected arrival time. To reduce your risks of accidents on the road, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends the following tips:
Get plenty of rest before you go.
Avoid using medications which could impact your driving abilities.
Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt at all times.
Avoid driver distractions, such as texting or talking on cell phones, taking pictures, and eating or drinking behind the wheel.
Give yourself plenty of time and avoid speeding, tailgating, and other aggressive driving behaviors.
Been In An Accident? Let Us Help
When accidents and injuries occur, our Aiken, SC personal injury attorney is here to help. To help get the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs, reach out and contact the Surasky Law Firm, LLC. Request a consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you recover.