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Have a Safe Memorial Day

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On: Sat, May 24, 2014 at 10:28AM | By: Karen Cook

Have a Safe Memorial Day

Memorial Day is upon us, introducing the travel and leisure season of the year in most parts of the country. Winter is over and it's time to have some fun! It's good to keep in mind, however, that all those other people on the road are just as eager to get to their destinations as you and nothing spoils a holiday outing like accidents, theft, or some other unforeseen event. In an effort to ensure a pleasurable Memorial Day experience, here are a few things to think about.

If you are taking a long trip, make sure your tires are in good condition. Changing a flat on a busy roadway is sure to dampen your holiday spirits. If you are traveling at night make sure you get enough rest and wash your windows and headlights for safe nighttime visibility.

If you are taking just a day-trip make sure you park in a well-lit and preferably heavily populated area to deter theft. This is one of the busiest days for car thieves. A crowded parking lot not only deters thieves, it is also safer for you to return to at the end of the day. Don't leave valuables in your car—especially visible—and take the extra key with you if you have one stashed somewhere on your vehicle. Insurance doesn't cover anything you leave in the car. Also, double check that all the doors are locked and all the windows are fully closed.

Choose a designated driver, or better yet, take a cab so everyone can celebrate and get home safely.

If you are taking along the family pet, make sure to bring water and a leash. Provide ample stops for your pet's potty breaks and keep them on the leash when out of the vehicle. Don't let your dog put his head out the window, regardless of how happy they look in commercials. Road debris can cause life-threatening injuries. Don't let them ride in the back of a pick up, either. It's hot, uncomfortable, and very dangerous. Put your pet in a travel kennel, pet car seat, or pet seat belt when the vehicle is moving.

Don't leave your pet in the car for any period of time. It takes only minutes for the inside of your car to reach 120 degrees even with the windows cracked. That “quick trip” into the store could cost your pet its life. There are pet thieves out there too. Coming back to your car to find your four-legged family member dead or gone will put an end to the day's festivities.

So, have fun, be safe, think before you act, and have a Happy Memorial Day!


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