Traveling for the Holidays: What You Need to Know

With the holiday season here, many may be planning trips to spend the festive time with family or friends. If you will be traveling this holiday season, it is important to review the basics for staying safe, whether you will be traveling by plane or car.

Travel Tips When Going by Air

Flying is often the preferred way to travel, as it can be much faster, and sometimes even less expensive, than traveling by car. But plane and airport injuries do happen, which is why you should keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Buckle up on the plane and stay in your seat- turbulence can get rough, and if you’re not seated and buckled, you risk falling or being jolted from your seat.
  • Mind luggage in overhead compartments – which if not properly stowed, and if the compartment is not properly closed, can fall and cause an injury. Exercise caution when opening overhead bins, and items may shift in transit.
  • Watch where you are going – Whether you are walking down the aisle of a plane or through an airport, be mindful to watch where you are going. Extended legs, baggage, spills, and more can all lead to painful slip and fall accidents.

If You Will Be Traveling By Car

Injuries and accidents are much more common when traveling by vehicle, especially during the holiday season when there are more drivers on the road, and more intoxicated persons get behind the wheel. If you will be traveling by car this holiday season….

  • Be careful about driving in adverse weather – If you do not have to drive in bad weather conditions, don’t. If driving is unavoidable, make sure your car is equipped with functioning windshield wipers, snow tires, etc.
  • Do not drink and drive – Drinking and driving is a bad idea every day, and the holidays are no exception. If you have an alcoholic beverage, get a ride from someone else. Also keep an eye out for intoxicated drivers on the road, and keep a safe distance and call it in if you do see one.
  • Drive defensively – Driving defensively means paying attention to what other drivers are doing and not making assumptions about how drivers might react to you. You should slow your speed when in bad weather or traffic, put away any distractions, and make sure you don’t give in to any road rage.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

As much fun as the holiday season can be, it can also be hectic and stressful. Always try to give yourself as much time as possible to avoid the unnecessary stress that long lines and/or traffic jams can cause.

Our Attorneys Are Here if You Are in an Accident

We hope that enjoy the holidays with your loved ones but if you do suffer an injury this holidays season, we want you to know that our attorneys will be here to advocate for you and guide you through the process of recovering compensation for your losses. Feel free to reach out to us today for a free consultation.