Travel safe by planning ahead

Monday, November 22, 2021 Travel safe by planning ahead

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As you rush to visit family and friends, be sure to plan ahead and keep safety in mind. It’s normal to be tired after completing your last paper, exam or course which can make it easy to succumb to travel fatigue. Add in issues with winter weather and the ongoing pandemic and you’ll be glad you took a few minutes to strategize.

Think Ahead & Get Prepared

  • If possible, travel with others. You can share driving responsibilities and keep each other awake and alert.
  • Plan for travel to take place when you’ll be alert and awake. Don’t leave after a long night of studying when you’re exhausted.
  • Pack a safety kit. In the event you might become stranded, having blankets, a flashlight, food, water will help keep you safe and comfortable.
  • Starting several days in advance, check the weather along your intended route in case you need to modify your course or adjust the time schedule.
  • Carry some emergency cash. You never want to wish your credit or debit card to be stolen or lost, but it happens. The cash will come in handy.
  • Don’t forget the charging cords for your electronic devices.
  • Pack a coat, even if you are traveling to a warm climate. Nebraska's weather can dramatically change from day to day and you don't want to get caught without any warmth.

Tips for Road Travel

  • Check your tire air pressure (including the spare tire) and ensure your headlights, taillights and blinkers are functioning properly.
  • Leave early and don’t rush. Give yourself plenty of time. Days are shorter, so start early in the day.
  • Wear your seatbelt.
  • Be mindful of your gas gauge. If you don’t know your route, take early and frequent opportunities to top off your tank.
  • When you stop for gas, clean your windshield and headlights.
  • Leave alcohol out of the equation.
  • Don’t be a distracted driver. Do not text on your phone or watch videos while behind the wheel. If traveling with a pet, keep it happy and comfortable (and off your lap). If you need to talk to someone, use speaker phone or a hands-free device.
  • If driving long distances, stop at least every two hours for to stretch, move around, and use the restroom.
  • Wear appropriate shoes for driving.

For Air Travel

  • Pack up a face mask. It’s required to be worn while in the airport and on commercial aircrafts.
  • Have your i.d. and passes needed for public travel…including your COVID Vaccine card as it may be required.
  • Pack a snack and something to do. Flight changes/cancellations have been more common recently so plan for the unexpected.
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