Spring is near, which means it is almost time for our Spring Breakers to make plans to soak up the sun. Spring break, while offering an exciting and fun time can also bring forth some possible dangers. Levine Law Group has done a bit of research to provide you with some tips to stay safe this Spring Break. We want you all to be safe and soak up the sun this Spring Break.
Safety Tips for Spring Break
- Take turns behind the wheel. Rotating drivers can keep everyone rested with the added bonus of taking turns deciding on the music.
- Whoever sits shotgun should stay awake to keep the driver company. Two alert drivers are always better than one.
- Make sure everyone has a valid driver’s license and the vehicle registration and proof of insurance are in the car before driving off. If you are in a foreign country, know ahead of time if your license and insurance will be valid in that country.
- Take a map. A lot of people rely on their phones but when traveling signals can be spotty.
- Never leave valuables in plain view in your car. Lock items in your trunk before reaching your destination.
- If you are in a foreign country, take some time before your trip to familiarize yourself with basic road signs and rules of the road for that country and always carry your passport.
- If you are hailing a taxi, ask ahead for a typical price. This is especially important in countries where taxis don’t have meters. If there is no meter, you must negotiate the fee before you agree to the ride. The front desk of your hotel is a great resource to tell you how much a ride should cost.
- Before leaving your hotel, take a card from the front desk with the name of the hotel, phone number, and address, just in case you need help getting back. Also, put this information in your phone to be certain you have it.
- Calling a taxi is a better bet than hailing one. At the airport, always use approved taxi services. Ignore people who approach you offering rides.
- All genuine taxis will have some sort of ID or badge. You shouldcheck for this before accepting a ride.
- Stay alert during any taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc. rides. Follow along on google maps or a navigation service, if you can, to ensure they are taking you the right direction.
- When using Uber or Lyft, you will see the driver’s name, license plate number, and photo on your phone when you request the ride. Check for a match when you ride arrives to be sure you are getting in the right car.
- Never get into a car with someone you suspect is intoxicated. There is always a safer alternative.
- The often crammed conditions of a subway or metro can be an ideal place for pickpockets to strike and you should definitely increase your awareness of your surroundings.
- If you are going to carry a backpack, consider getting a small lock for your zipper and keep the key in your pocket. Another tip for theft reduction is to carry your backpack on your front instead of your back in crowded areas.