As Snowbirds begin to make their way across country seeking warmer climates, the risk of accidents is heightened. What starts as an adventure can end in disaster. Here are some tips to help you stay safe on your way to Florida this year.
- Stop or forward items
Before you fly south for the winter, consider home safety. When people see mail or newspapers uncollected they will know your house is empty. Magazine subscriptions are another item that is often overlooked. While magazines cannot always be forwarded, they can usually be put on hold while you are away. Monthly clubs such as cheese of the month or a tea or coffee club should also be taken into account. Stop the mail and any subscriptions or have them rerouted to your final destination. Be sure to schedule shipments to begin after you arrive in your winter home.
- Vehicle inspection
A full check-up of your vehicle is an important step in traveling safety. Beyond checking tires, lights and signals, make sure all of your vehicle’s systems are in good working order. Go the extra mile and check the full electrical system. Ensure your brakes are in good shape. Now is a great time to address any small issues your engine may have. Make sure your transmission is running smoothly as well. If you’re driving an RV or motorhome it’s a good idea to have it professionally inspected at a local dealership before heading out.
- Bring safety tools
Don’t neglect packing tire chains (if appropriate), emergency lights and extra blankets. Even though you may be headed to a warm climate, pack at least one set of winter wear with gloves, hats and scarves for each person. You never know when you may be stuck in the cold for a while. Emergency warmers are also nice to have on hand and are readily available at most stores. Make sure to include any extra prescription or over the counter medications you use. A copy of important documents can be added to this list.