Depending on your tolerance for sun and hot weather, summertime in Vegas is either the best time of the year or the perfect time to hit the road in search of cooler temps. For most of us, this time of year means family vacations, usually by car, to destinations near and far. Here are some summer vacation safety tips to keep you safe while traveling and make sure your home is secured in your absence.
Summer Vacation Safety Tips
Car Safety Tips:
- Service your vehicle before a road trip including engine oil, ATF, and washer fluid. Ask the mechanic to check the condition of the coolant and verify proper operation of the charging system. Make sure tires are inflated properly and the tread depth is acceptable.
- Check 10-day weather forecasts along the route you will be traveling. Not only might this keep you out of harms way, but it will help with deciding what clothing to bring.
- It seems simple, but make sure you a current copy of your registration and insurance ID card in the vehicle. You never know when a friendly police officer might want to have a conversation with you about the speed limit!
- Don’t rush yourself and get plenty of rest. Driving while sleepy is simply dangerous. Most experts recommend no more than 8 hours behind the wheel during the day and no more than 2 hours of nighttime driving. Plan your trip so that your stops are no more than 6 to 8 hours apart. If you feel sleepy, pull over and rest and, maybe, consume a little caffeine to perk up.
- Carry some emergency cash in a safe place. Wallets and purses get lost and sometimes stolen. Having a stash of emergency cash can mean the difference between sleeping in the car and paying for a nice motel room.
- Make it a rule that you will NEVER drink and drive, including while on vacation. Relaxing and enjoying your vacation should never including putting your life, or others, at risk by driving while impaired.
Home Safety Tips:
- Turn off the water supply to your washing machine. We file dozens of water damage claims every year from broken washing machine supply lines. Considering even turning off water to the entire house, except the exterior irrigation system.
- If you have pets, consider a house-sitter that can stop by daily. A trusted neighbor or relative is a good choice.
- Hold your mail if you will be gone for more than a few days. A call or visit online to the post office is all that is required. Also, make sure a neighbor (or house-sitter) picks up the newspaper daily.
- Make your house appears to be occupied. A few lights left on, or on timers, will usually deter any would-be burglars. Having a neighbor take out the garbage cans and put them away also indicates the house is still occupied.
- Make sure your home is completely secured. Check every window and door and consider shutting off or locking the garage door openers. Most burglars check for unlocked doors and windows before forcing entry.
- Lastly, reconsider broadcasting your every stop on social media. Everyone loves to share photos of their adventures, but the best plan is to save them for when you get home.
We hope everyone has a great summer vacation! Following these and other safety tips will help keep you safe on the journey and make sure your home is ready waiting when you get back. As always, if anything goes awry, know that we are here to help 24/7.