Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the goal is always to arrive safely. Of course, some things are out of your control but not everything. With our travel tips, you can travel safer by air and on land.
Traveling by Air
Because of acts of terrorism and accidents, national and international airports and airlines have implemented new safety features. Because of this, air travel is safer. Even so, you can take a few precautions as well.
- Nonstop Travel – Most airline accidents occur during takeoff, descent, climb, and landing. Therefore, to reduce the risk of being involved in an air-related accident, decrease the number of flights. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is with direct travel.
- Larger Aircrafts – Something else to consider is that the strictest regulations apply to aircrafts that accommodate 30 or more people. Because of this, there is less risk of an accident in a larger plane than a smaller one.
- Preflight Briefing – Especially when traveling often, preflight instructions provided by a flight attendant are often ignored. However, to stay safe while flying, you need to know exactly what to do in the event of an emergency.
- Obey the Rules – While flight attendants serve food and beverages and hand out pillows and blankets, their number one job is to keep everyone onboard the aircraft safe. When flying, not only pay attention to what the flight attendant is saying but follow the rules. In other words, if you are advised to buckle up, there is a reason.
Traveling by Land
There are also things you can do to stay safe while traveling by car.
- Vehicle Maintenance – If you have a trip planned using your own vehicle, make sure to have it checked by a qualified mechanic first. That way, any potential problems can be identified and repaired.
- Emergency Kit – You should always have an emergency kit with you as well. This consists of items like food, water, flashlight, rope, blankets, boots for walking, jumper cables, car charger, first-aid kit, and so on.
- Itinerary – Whether you plan to drive your personal vehicle, rent a car, or hire a driver, always leave an itinerary with a trusted individual. In addition, have check-in times so if the other person does not hear from you as scheduled, a red flag is raised.
- Limousine Service – If you have a long trip, are tired, are taking certain medications, have some type of medical condition, or anything else is preventing you from driving, hiring a limousine company is a perfect solution. Of course, a limo driver is also great if simply prefer to relax while someone else drives.