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.

Before Leaving Your Home...

  • 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.

Traveling With Pets

  • 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.

Traveling in the Car

  •  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!

Traveling on a Plane

  • 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!