10 Tips For Safe Travel
Driving through the night is considered by many to be a great time to hit the road when traffic is not as heavy. However, night-driving may not be your best choice. Drive when you are most alert. The National Safety Council says traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day. If you can’t avoid night driving, have at least one person stay awake to talk to the driver and help keep them alert and engaged. Creating a great playlist is another way to stay focused and have a little fun while driving. Try a sing-a-long where everyone can get involved. Safety on the road is a very high priority. Stay alert and stay alive.
Credit cards get all of the favor these days. Some travelers will leave home with just a small amount of cash and plan to use credit cards for everything they will do. Today cash still holds high regard for being accessible in emergencies. Think about the what if’s – what if my credit card is stolen or loss, what if I need to tip, what if I’m in an emergency and I need to pay for something, what about transportation option? There are many what ifs that could come up while traveling and having cash on hand can make things go much smoother. And, to ensure the safety and security of your cash and credit cards here are a few other tips. Have a copy of your credit card info, it’s much easier to get them replace when you have more information about them. Keep cash in your pocket and in your wallet. If your wallet is stolen you’ll have some cash reserve left. And, using the hotel room safe is the best place to store extra cash, credit cards and other items while you’re out and about.
STEP enables the State Department to contact you in case of a family emergency, or to notify you of a crisis near your travel destination. You can also download the Smart Traveler iPhone App that provides additional tips and information.
Another tips – have the address or contact information for the American consulate or U.S. Embassy in the country where you’re headed. Tell friends and relatives in the U.S. of your travel itinerary and check in with them often.