Happy holidays! Or perhaps I should say happy safe holidays. I typically write blogs focusing on driving. And next week I do plan to focus on driving in inclement weather. But it’s important to stop and think about those that are less fortunate. Those that, in order to give, they feel that they must need to take. And for those unfortunate souls, desperate times bring desperate measures. So, let’s focus on the safety of getting to and from your car. Let’s focus on Holiday Safety Tips. These are a few safety precautions that I practice and have passed on to my daughter.
Always be aware of your surroundings. It’s bad enough that it gets dark earlier now and most of us will be out doing our holiday shopping at night. But even in the daylight, you could have your purse snatched right out of the shopping cart, or right off your arm while you are still attached to it. The police step up their efforts and will increase the patrolling in shopping centers during this time of year to insure citizens are safe. Make sure you park in a well-lit place. If valet parking is offered, take advantage of it. If not, have your keys out before you head for your car, pointy side out. Look around before exiting your vehicle. Never leave your car unlocked or leave anything visible inside your car. Never leave your keys in the ignition or your car running unless you are in it. Car theft is rampant, especially during the holidays. Lock your car doors as soon as you get into your car. When pulling into your garage, close the garage door before unlocking your doors and exiting the car.
Criminals also love to prey upon impaired victims. They seem to be more carefree and easily conned. So, whatever you do, if you are planning to have a cocktail or two during the holiday festivities, find a designated driver.
Following these tips will help your holidays continue to be merry and bright.
Until next week…
Daun Thompson
Writer / Comedienne / Artist
Holiday Safety Tips – Comedy Defensive Driving