Stay Safe This Holiday Season!

Cory Langner
December 8, 2011

With the holiday season upon us now, things are getting pretty hectic. We are constantly running around getting decorations, presents, attending parties, and sometimes just going for a nice car ride to look at the Christmas lights.

I have never really thought about my personal safety as it relates to robbery or assault during these times. I am so focused on getting in and out and moving on with my life that I may be oblivious to potentially dangerous situations that may arise from the fact I’m carting around a lot of presents and other valuables in my car.

This brings me to today’s topic. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure your personal safety during this holiday season.

  1. Make an emergency car kit and plan for safe driving. The American Red Cross suggests you include items such as blankets, jump leads, a fire extinguisher, compass, road maps, shovel, tire repair kit, tire pump, extra clothing, flares, and a tow rope.
  2. Always be aware of your surroundings. Use your mirrors frequently to check behind and to your sides. Try to avoid getting tunnel vision and focusing only on what is in front of you as you travel.
  3. Have your keys ready in hand as you approach your car. As you enter your vehicle, it’s always a good idea to get a good look around and inside as to avoid any unwelcome surprises.
  4. When choosing a parking spot, it’s best to stay in an area with sufficient lighting.
  5. Keep a car charger for your cell phone inside your car. Even if your phone is dead, this allows you to call for help if necessary.
  6. When driving, keep doors locked and windows rolled up at all times. The general rule of thumb is to stay within a quarter to half a tank of fuel.
  7. If you feel you are being followed, it’s always best to go to a local business where you can make a phone call or to your nearest fire/police station.
  8. If you get a flat tire, continue driving lightly until you are in an area you feel safe. There’s no point in risking yourself to save a few bucks on the repairs that prolonged driving may cause.

So now that you are prepared, be safe, go shop, and have a jolly ’ol time!

Cory Langner

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