In 2014, 85% of Vacationing Americans took their vacation between End of May and Early September.
To help keep you safe while traveling this summer, here are a few safety tips…
July and August are the months where the most residential burglaries occur.
- Stop newspaper service and have a neighbor pick up your mail.
- Try and have lights on timers so the house looks occupied.
- Have a lawn service mow your grass while away.
- Leave a friend or neighbor with your itinerary before you leave in case you need to be contacted.
- Have a neighbor park an extra car in your driveway; anything to indicate you’re home.
- Store any jewelry and cash away safely and out of sight.
60% of pet owners in 2011 traveled with pets during vacations.
- Make sure your pets ID’s are with you. Micro chipping can also be extra precaution.
- Have a copy of your pet’s medical history in case of an emergency.
- Stock a first aid kit during travel to have in case.
- Read up on pet laws of the area you are visiting.
- Make sure to have food and water for the journey.
- Crates and Carriers are safest for your pet to travel in.
- When at the beach, bring fresh water for your pet.
- When hiking, add bells to your pet’s collar to find them if they get lost.
84% of vacationers traveled by car in 2011.
- Make sure your car is in a condition to drive long distances. Some cars may get you to work and back but are unsafe for driving on the interstate.
- Know the route; before leaving look over the map. Don’t rely on just the GPS; it can cause sudden turns which lead to accidents.
- Pack Smart; don’t overload your car. Make sure the weight is evenly distributed.
- Be prepared with kids; snacks, extra clothes, and things to keep them entertained while you drive will help ease your stress during the trip.
- Clear view; make sure no luggage is blocking your rear-view mirror.
- If using a roof rack, make sure it is secure and not over the weight limit. Also be aware of how much taller your vehicle is in case of bridges.
- Cruise control can be helpful, but don’t loose focus on the road.
- Don’t forget to take breaks. Traveling long distances can be tiring. Be sure to take stops to stretch your leg. If multiple adults in the car, take turns driving!
- When traveling by plane, make sure you know your carrier’s luggage requirements before hand to reduce stress at the airport.
- Listen carefully to the safety briefing before take off. The flight attendants will have important information on where the air masks are, crash positions, emergency protocols, and emergency exits.
- Make sure the storage bin above you has nothing too heavy. A heavy bag falling over can cause injury.
- Always fasten your seat belt when instructed to do so.
- Stay alert if your kids are with you.
North Myrtle Beach Public Safety encourages you to stay safe during your vacation travel and to have a wonderful summer!