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Tips for Keeping Everyone Safe During Holiday Travel

December 17, 2021 Lindsay Paramore

The holiday season is once again upon us, and many people will be traveling to gather with their friends and family, often in wintry or less-than-ideal travel conditions. Thanks to the ongoing global pandemic, holiday travel may feel riskier than in years past. However, there are ways you can make the journey feel safer, so you can enjoy being with your loved ones. Below, Pegalis Law Group, LLC offers helpful tips for keeping everyone safe during holiday travel this year and beyond.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Get There Safely

Accidents often happen when people are in a rush to get to their destinations. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to your holiday destination safely. If you’re traveling on the road, be sure you get enough rest before your trip and make frequent rest stops along the way to avoid fatigue. In case of traffic or accidents, plan alternate routes to save yourself time and hassles. Give other drivers on the road extra space in case of slick spots and yourself enough time to decrease your speed when necessary. Keep an emergency kit inside your vehicle with (at the very least) an inflated spare tire, jumper cables, a flashlight, extra batteries, a First Aid kit, drinking water, and blankets to keep warm.

Be sure to have your vehicle serviced before hitting the road and carry your cellphone and a charger in case you need to call for roadside assistance. If you’re flying this year, be sure to visit the airline’s website to view their updated safety protocol, including their facemask and carry-on luggage policies. Be sure to allow plenty of time for travel delays at your departure and arrival airports.

Navigating Cold and Flu Season – and COVID-19 Too

The holidays are right in the middle of cold and flu season, not to mention the ongoing pandemic, so be sure you’re doing everything to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. Be sure to wash your hands frequently, especially when traveling. If possible, consider getting your annual flu shot and/or a COVID-19 booster vaccine before making extended holiday travel plans. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing to avoid spreading germs and sanitize surfaces often during your gatherings.

Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and try to make healthier food choices to boost your immune system, such as leafy green vegetables and foods rich in Vitamin C or D. Don’t forget to stock up on tissues, hand sanitizer, and over-the-counter cold and flu medicines this holiday season. When in doubt, stay home if anybody in your household feels sick to avoid spreading illnesses.

Don’t Forget to Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

If you plan on being away from your home for an extended period, you should consider investing in a security system. Before you leave, ensure everything’s working properly, including the cameras and motion detectors. If you’re unable to cancel your mail and deliveries during the holidays, enlist the help of a friend or neighbor to check on them while you’re gone. If you live somewhere that sees a lot of snow, you may need to make arrangements for someone to clear snow from your walkways to keep neighbors and mail delivery persons safe. Be sure to make necessary arrangements for your pets too!

Receive Additional Tips for Leading a Healthier Lifestyle

Focused on personal injury and medical malpractice cases for nearly 50 years, Pegalis Law Group, LLC is a New York-based law firm that educates people about the importance of being proactive about their healthcare. Please visit our website and be sure to follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive additional tips on how you and your family can lead a healthier lifestyle.