Traveling During the Holidays

When you’re planning holiday travel, plan for the unexpected. With millions of people traveling at the same time, accidents, mistakes and traffic are all bound to happen.

So if you get stuck in a traffic jam, are involved in a fender-bender or have to wait in the airport security line, take a deep breath, relax and be patient. The happiest holiday gift you can give your loved ones is your safe arrival!

 

By Car:

  • Have your vehicle serviced before long trips.
  • Make sure you have any maps you may need.
  • Have a cellular telephone with you, if possible.
  • Check on road conditions before you leave at www.dot.state.tx.us.
  • Don’t stop in remote areas to ask directions.
  • Don’t advertise that you’re from out-of-town by pulling over to the curb to read 
a road map.
  • When you get out of your car, keep holiday packages and other valuables out of sight.
  • Make sure you have a Vehicle Safety Kit in your car.
  • Don’t drink and drive and beware of intoxicated motorists.

 

By Plane:

  • Double-check your reservation a few weeks before your departure date.
  • Make copies of your itinerary for yourself and the people you’re going to visit.
  • Check out current Federal Aviation Guidelines about safety, carry-on baggage and airport arrival time recommendations at www.faa.gov.
  • When traveling with children, pets or individuals with special needs, make special arrangements with the airline and bring needed supplies.
  • Dress so you can breeze through safety checkpoints without stripping down.
  • Call ahead to find out gate information to save time.
  • Bring contact numbers and a bag with extra clothes and personal items in case you get stranded or the airline misplaces your luggage.