The Pryor Times

November 24, 2013

Tips for safe traveling

PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times

Thousands of Oklahomans will take to the skies, rails and highways during the Thanksgiving holiday and the American Red Cross offers some good information to help travelers arrive safely at their destinations. While the information seems very basic, it is a good reminder for those who will be hitting the road or traveling by air.

For those traveling by car:

— Make sure your vehicle is in good working order.

— Start out with a full tank of gas, check the air pressure in your tires and make sure you have windshield fluid.

— Buckle up, slow down and don’t drive impaired.

— Be well rested and alert.

— Use caution in 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.

— Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.

— Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.

— If you plan on drinking, designate a driver who won’t drink.

— 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.

The American Red Cross also recommends keeping an emergency preparedness kit in the vehicle. Useful items include water, snacks, a flashlight, first aid kit, extra cash, hats, gloves and blankets.

For people traveling by air, bus or train, the American Red Cross reminds them that the seasonal flu can occur as early as October. If you have come in contact with someone who is sick, perhaps the trip should be postponed as you may be contagious for a week before symptoms appear.

Other safety tips to avoid the flu while you travel include the following:

— Remember that everything you touch has to be touched by someone else – luggage handlers, etc. Handle your own belongings as much as possible. Wash your hands often with soap and water.

— Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes with you. You can use them to wash your hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests.

— Bring your own pillows and blankets – they can act as a shield against the seat itself.

— If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or your sleeve.

— Avoid touching your face or eyes.