Holland & Usry March 2020

Plan Ahead, Stay Safe, and Have Fun PLAY SPRING BREAK SMART

Travel on less popular days. This rule applies for both driving and traveling by airplane. Saturdays and Sundays are the most popular travel days for both modes of transportation. If there are extra crowds in the airport or if you’re driving with more people on the road, you’re much more likely to get stuck in traffic, run late, or feel the stress and frustration of trying to mob your way through crowds. Not to mention, with more people around, accidents are more likely to happen. So, make the smart choice and travel on a weekday rather than the weekend. Remind your kids to keep it safe. This is important no matter what age your kids are. When vacationing with young children, it’s important to set ground rules. Remind them to always stay nearby, obey all rules of the facility you’re visiting (for example, no running at the pool), and be smart when it comes to playing with others. For older children taking a trip with friends instead of family, remind them to check in with you by phone on a consistent schedule. It’s also important to refresh them on smart vacation practices. They should always have a travel buddy, even if it’s just to get something to eat, and they should stay aware of their surroundings and make smart decisions in social situations. Remember to let them know that they can reach out to you for help if they need it. Protect yourself and your home. As much fun as it is to post about your travel plans and vacation on social media, save the majority of your sharing until you’ve arrived back home. You never know who might be keeping an eye on your social media posts with the intention of targeting your family while you’re all in unfamiliar territory. Other people might use the information to plan the perfect opportunity to “visit” your house when no one will be around. It would be a shame to come home from a great trip to find that your possessions have disappeared. Spring break should be a relaxing time to celebrate the coming season, have some fun, and enjoy time with family or friends. If you remember these tips, you can rest even easier on your vacation.

The first official day of spring is March 19, and that means spring break is almost here for many of the school districts in our area. Spring break is a great time to head out for a relaxing vacation, but travel can get a little hectic with so many people making plans. Make sure you follow these tips for a smooth and safe getaway. Plan your travel time accordingly. Remember that the roads are going to be busier than usual during the weeks of spring break. That means traffic will be heavier, and it will likely take you more time to get to your destination, however close or far it may be. Give yourself extra time to get where you’re going so you can avoid getting frustrated or upset on the road. Statistics show that angry driving leads to unsafe maneuvers, which translates to dangerous conditions for you and everyone around you. So, plan on extra driving time and ensure that everyone gets to their destinations safely.

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