For most people, a vacation is a mental break. It’s a way to unplug and unwind, getting rid of the stress of everyday life. While most vacation go off without a hitch and exactly as intended, others end in irritation or, worse, tragedy. You can help to ensure that your vacation ends on a high note by avoiding the mistakes of others.
If your vacation will be happening by car, such as a cross-state or cross-country road trip, don’t neglect to make sure that your car is ready for the trip. When people neglect to ready their vehicle, they often find out later that it was a headache that could have been avoided.
Take your vehicle to a certified mechanic and have them give it the once over. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, your oil has been changed recently and your fluids are topped off. If your car hasn’t had a tune-up in a while, now is the perfect time.
Okay. It’s your vacation and you want to enjoy yourself. You also want to spoil yourself. If you are renting a vehicle when you arrive at your destination, avoid the temptation to get carried away. Rent a vehicle that is similar to your own. Renting a vehicle that is completely different only sets you up for trouble.
When you rent a vehicle that is close to your own, you have an idea of how it operates and what you can expect from it. When you rent a luxury vehicle or something completely different than what you drive at home, you have to spend time familiarizing yourself with the controls and the way it handles.
You know what you can get away with while driving at home. Maybe using a hands-free device to chat with your best friend is okay when driving through your own town. It might not be the same in the city you are visiting. Know the local laws and obey them. Laws are quite easy to research online, so take the time to do so before you leave. You don’t want to end your vacation in traffic court.
Are you the type of person that argues with your GPS? Don’t be. Input your destination into your GPS before you pull out of your driveway or the parking lot of the hotel. Rely on your GPS to get you where you are going, but not entirely. Most experts advise printing out a map or directions to go along with your GPS just in case.
It’s easy to miss a turn or an exit when you are driving through unfamiliar territory. Rather than slamming on the brakes and veering over, cutting off other vehicles, simply continue on to the next exit or area where it is safe to turn around. Don’t be that person on the highway who cuts across three lanes of traffic to get on an off-ramp in time.
An emergency kit for your vehicle is quite easy to put together and really doesn’t take much effort. You don’t want to have a minor medical emergency in the middle of the night and have to go searching for a store that’s open. If you are driving through the middle of nowhere, you don’t want to have to hunt for a store or clinic if someone is injured or falls ill.
Having a kit filled with the essentials can make all the difference. Bandages, antibiotic skin ointment, ice packs and tweezers should be in your kit. Be sure to also pack any over-the-counter and prescriptions medications members of your traveling party needs.
You may not know where you will be every second of your vacation, but make sure someone at home has a general idea of where you will be and when. Make a plan to check in with that person, even if it’s only a text, at the end of each day. If that person doesn’t hear from you, they should know to alert local authorities. It may seem paranoid and a bit like overkill, but imagine being stranded somewhere without cell service and no passersby. You will be safer if there is someone at home waiting to hear from you and who knows what to do if they don’t.
Your vacation should be an enjoyable one and, by avoiding the mistakes that others have made, you can make sure it is. If you do happen to be injured in a West Palm Beach car accident due to someone’s error or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights.