As Spring Break is here, many young students will be swarming to beaches and common tourist cities to relax and celebrate. Most will be traveling by car due to convenience. Spring break is a time for fun in the sun, but we must remember safety comes first. According to a study done by the University of Miami, “fatalities from car crashes are significantly higher during the spring break weeks compared to other times of the year.” The study explained that popular spring break destinations, such as Florida, have an influx of car accidents due to the wave of travelers from all over the country. Spring break can still be a grand time as long as we practice responsibility and promote safe driving.
Here are some tips to ensure your spring break is full of enjoyment as well as safety:
- Make sure your insurance is up-to-date.
- Travel in a reliable vehicle and get it inspected before a long road trip.
- Make sure the hotel you stay at is in a central location to limit the need to drive.
- Keep a car charger and always check your GPS to make sure you don’t get lost.
- If you are tired: trade-off drivers or stop for the night.
- Do NOT drink and drive.
- Practice responsible drinking and always have a designated driver.
- Use the buddy system and be aware of your surroundings.