Traveling is fun, exciting, and sometimes risky. If you’re planning a road trip for any reason, take precautions to avoid any dangerous situations. Knowing how to stay safe when traveling out-of-state will help you get to wherever you need to go.
Here are our 4 out of state safe travel tips:
Have a Plan
Whether you’re planning a long road-trip or just visiting family for a weekend, always have a plan. Make reservations for where you’re going to stay if you need a hotel. If staying with people, be sure your hosts know when to expect your arrival. It’s important to have a mental or physical schedule for your trip. Plan meals and food, bathroom breaks, stopping points, or side attractions to your itinerary so you can have an accurate arrival estimation.
Have Access to Your Money
Money is essential. Even if you’re visiting family, you should always have access to your money. Make sure your cards are not blocked and that you address any possible bank trouble that could prohibit access to your savings. On top of that, it’s a good idea to carry cash. While you don’t have to take out too much—traveling with a lot of money is a huge safety risk—it’s still a good idea to have cash to spend so you’re not using your cards in untrustworthy areas. Otherwise, you risk getting your information, money, or even identity stolen.
Let Others Know Where You’re Going
While your host might know you’re coming, if you’re just taking an extended vacation out-of-state, you should let others know. Inform friends, family, and people you trust of your vacation. If something happens on your trip where you cannot access your cellphone or get help, they will know something is wrong after a certain amount of time. You can also have friends and family house-sit while you’re away. Having someone you trust watch your pets, get your mail, and house-sit will ensure your home is still cared for while keeping thieves away. Potential thieves can see dark homes and unchecked mail as evidence of an empty house.
Avoid High-Risk Drivers
There are many reasons someone may be considered a high-risk driver. These drivers frequently engage in risky driving situations that put themselves and others in danger. Driving under the influence, inexperienced driving, or having multiple at-fault accidents are all common high-risk driving signs. If you’re driving on the highway, be cautious of cars swerving back-and-forth between lanes. They may be under the influence of a substance that impairs their driving. If you’re near this situation, you and your family are at risk and in danger. Similarly, if a driver is too young and inexperienced or has many at-fault accidents on their record, there is a high possibility there will be an accident. Watch out for these drivers to get to your destination safe and sound.