Friday, October 6, 2023 Stay safe with simple Fall Break travel tips
Prior to departing for the fall break holiday, each University of Nebraska–Lincoln student should proactively prepare to travel safely. Whether you're flying to a destination or hitting the road, here are some essential reminders to keep in mind.
Traveling with Friends
- Share Your Location: Before you embark on your journey, share your location with all the friends you're traveling with. This way, if you get separated or go in different directions, your friends can easily locate you.
- Altitude and Alcohol: When traveling to higher altitudes, remember that alcohol can have a different effect on your body. Practice harm reduction by alternating between alcohol and water to stay hydrated and safe.
- Choose Wisely: If you're in an unfamiliar location, opt for lower alcohol by volume (ABV) beverages, like hard seltzers, instead of shots or strong alcoholic drinks.
- Document Your Journey: Take photos of the places you visit and the people you meet, especially if you're exploring a new town. These photos can be invaluable for retracing your steps if something unexpected happens.
- Stay Vigilant: Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep an eye out for potential hazards or risky situations and trust your instincts if something doesn't feel right.
Driving with Friends
When driving with friends - either to a new destination or to your hometown - here are additional safety tips to ensure a smooth and secure journey.
- Stay Alert: Keep your gas tank close to full whenever possible. For longer trips, plan breaks to stretch, grab a meal, check messages, and change drivers if needed to avoid drowsiness.
- Avoid Risky Behaviors: Always adhere to traffic rules, avoid distractions like texting, obey speed limits, and never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impairment can compromise critical driving skills. If you chose to drink, designate a sober driver, or plan for a rideshare company to get you back safe.
- Plan Your Route: Before setting off, check weather conditions, road status, and traffic updates. Allow ample time for your trip and familiarize yourself with directions and maps. Share your route and expected arrival time with someone.
- Prepare a Roadside Travel Kit: Ensure you have essential items on hand, including a cell phone and charger, a first aid kit, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, a jack, work gloves, basic repair tools, water, nonperishable food, and more.
- Buckle Up: Always wear your seatbelt. It's a fundamental safety measure that can save lives.
Want an Alcohol and Other Drugs presentation or program for your RSO, chapter, or group? Connect with Jon Gayer, assistant director for alcohol and drug education, at firstname.lastname@example.org and 402-472-2583.