American Red Cross Offers Holiday Travel Tips

ARC suggests that people traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, as millions of Americans are doing today, start by downloading the Red Cross First Aid App, which provides expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency.

The American Red Cross suggests that people traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, as millions of Americans are doing today, start by downloading the Red Cross First Aid App, which provides expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency, at redcross.org/mobileapps.

Other tips for getting to and from your holiday destination(s) safely this season include these from ARC:

  • Check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storm that may be coming.
  • Buckle up, slow down, don't drive impaired.
  • Be well rested and alert.
  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Use caution in roadway work zones.
  • Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • Observe speed limits – driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance of being in a collision.
  • Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you're too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
  • Don't follow another vehicle too closely.
  • Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows to help you see, especially at night.
  • Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
  • Don't overdrive your headlights.
  • If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.

And the following tips are for anyone who becomes become stuck in the snow while en route:

  • Stay with the car. Do not try to walk to safety.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.
  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running to help rescuers see the vehicle.
  • Keep one window away from the blowing wind slightly open to let in air.Carry an emergency preparedness kit in the trunk.
  • Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.

One more piece of advice from ARC concerns the flu. If you've been sick or been in contact with someone who is sick, consider postponing your trip. You could be contagious for a week before symptoms appear. Also, remember that everything you touch has to be touched by someone else – luggage handlers, etc. Handle your own belongings as much as possible and wash your hands often with soap and water. Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes with you and use them to wash your hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests. Bring your own pillows and blankets, which can serve as a shield against the seat. Avoid touching your face or eyes; if you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or your sleeve.

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