Labor Day Travel Tips

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Millions of Americans will travel this Labor Day weekend – the majority, by car. We know you don’t want to think about an emergency when you are planning a fun weekend, but it’s wise to be prepared.

Labor Day Travel Tips

Car Tips

Prepare your car. Before leaving on your trip, give your car a thorough check-up. Do wipers need to be replaced? Are your fluid levels where they should be? Your tires need to be in good shape for driving on wet roads, and be sure your radiator and cooling systems are up to snuff. And – we know you’ve heard this before, but – your car should have an emergency kit. Pack it with jumper cables, a first-aid kit, flares, food and water, a flashlight and other safety gear.

Before you leave. Know exactly where you’re going, with printed maps, and check weather conditions along your planned route. Let someone know your itinerary, so if you don’t arrive on time, officials know where to look for you.

If your vehicle becomes disabled. Nobody wants to think about being stranded on the side of the road. Note your location with mileposts, exit numbers or cross-streets and call the authorities or a tow truck.

Home Safety Tips

A house left empty can be an opportunity for burglars, so before you head out, prepare to protect the stuff that’s staying behind.

Lock it up. Check and double-check that you have locked all the doors and windows.

Check under the mat. If you store an extra key outside your house, remove it.  Instead, give the key to a trusted friend or neighbor in case someone needs to enter in an emergency.

Communicate. Inform a friend or neighbor that you will be away. Ask them to keep an eye on the house, and give them a way to reach you to report any suspicious activity. But don’t communicate your absence on social media!

Forego deliveries. Make sure to stop delivery of packages, mail, newspapers, and anything else that could pile up on your porch. Ask your trusted friend or neighbor to pick these items up while you are away.

We hope you enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!