Houston, TX (PRWEB) November 15, 2012
Winter is close approaching and for a lot of Americans this time of year usually means traveling for the holidays. About 43.6 million people will take to the roads and travel more than 50 miles according to AAA during the Thanksgiving weekend. To prepare for the busy travel season Comedy Driving has come up with a checklist to ensure a safe and easy travel experience whether you are driving or flying.
First, plan for the weather. Do not get caught off guard by bad weather. When traveling via airplane or automobile it is a good idea for travelers to check the weather at both current location and final destination. Obviously, just because it is currently sunny in one area it doesn’t mean there is not a blizzard at the destination that may cause a travel delays. Also prepare for delays in general, just like traffic on the road, there are many things that can prohibit air travel and it is better to leave early in order to allow time for those delays. Airports often recommend their passengers to arrive a couple of hours before check in.
If traveling by automobile, make sure to have the vehicle properly inspected if the final destination is fairly far. Prepare the automobile by checking the air pressure on each tire. Proper pressure increases traction, reduces the chance of a blowout, and provides better gas mileage. Check all fluids in the vehicle and make sure they are topped off. Airplanes are normally inspected by hired mechanics so do not try to go over the preflight checklist with the pilot or they may call security.
Take any emergency supplies including a map or GPS, tire pressure gauge, flashlights, warm clothing, a first aid kit, extra fluids for the family and car and believe it or not a center hole-punch in case the vehicle happens to fall in a river, lake or any body of water. Keep in mind; the supplies needed are dependent on where the final destination is.
Whatever method of travel is used, always make sure proper identification is carried and if traveling by car; vehicle registration, and automobile insurance. Airports won’t allow passengers to board planes without identification and no one wants to be pulled over by an officer of the law and not have proper ID or vehicle documentation. To avoid getting pulled over always follow posted traffic laws. When traveling to other states or countries it is a good idea to review their transportation laws. For example, their phone use while driving policy in particular, over 39 states in the U.S. have banned texting while driving so drivers may want to know that while driving through those particular states. Otherwise, they may spend some of the holiday season trying to get the ticket dismissed.
Securing the home is also important. Tell neighbors, friends, or family to keep a watchful eye on the house being left behind. Leave a light on or have someone check the house while it’s left alone. If the weatherman predicts cold weather make sure to protect the pipes around the house and to leave the family pet at a pet hotel or with someone that will tend to them. Home break-ins and burglaries also increase during the holidays, so having someone look over the home while away is a good idea.
This is information is brought to you by Comedy Driving, Inc. and Iron Property Insurance. Comedy Driving, Inc. has been in business for over 10 years and is an approved Texas defensive driving schools.