Spring Break Safety Tips

With spring break looming, many students and families are gearing up for a week of relaxation and fun. Unfortunately, with trips and vacations—especially spring break, there are few inevitable risks to be aware of. Whether you are beach bound or jet setting to another country, these 3 risks are heightened during the spring break season.


1. Distracted driving.

Traffic on the roadways and in touristy spots often increases over spring break; therefore, it is essential to eliminate distractions and drive defensively. Avoid driving while using your phone, if you’re fatigued, and especially if you’re under the influence of alcohol.  Distracted driving not only puts you and your passengers at risk, but it also endangers others on the roadways. Before hitting the road, be sure that your vehicle is properly maintained, and your insurance information is on hand in case of an emergency.


2. Identity theft.

Theft is a big concern when traveling. In fact, the risk of identity theft increases in foreign countries because travelers tend to carry sensitive documents, such as passports, driver’s licenses and credit cards. Here are a few precautions to take to prevent identity theft while traveling:

  • Never leave valuables in plain view in your car.
  • Always lock your hotel room and car doors.
  • Don’t leave personal documents in your hotel room. Lock your passport, credit cards and any other sensitive documents in a hotel safe when not needed. Make photocopies of the front and back of of your passport and cards and leave these with someone at home.
  • Place a passcode on your phone, so thieves won’t be able to access it if it gets stolen. Also, log out of any apps that have you automatically logged in, especially banking and social media apps.
  • Don’t bring flashy valuables, such as expensive jewelry or watches.

3. Medical emergency.

Spring break often involves fun, but potentially dangerous activities, such as boating, diving or skiing. Be smart, cautious and aware of your physical abilities before engaging in risky activities.  Before your trip, ask your medical insurance company about your out-of-state and overseas coverage.

If you follow these safety tips and have the appropriate insurance coverage, you can sit back, relax and enjoy spring break to its fullest!

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