Fall is upon us, and following closely behind are millions of Americans hitting the road or flying the friendly skies. For San Antonians with intentions to travel for the upcoming holidays, here’s  a bit of food for thought: In 2016, AAA Texas predicted that nearly 4 million Texans would be traveling for the holidays. Whether by car, train, or plane, traveling requires planning.

To keep you, your family, and your property safe during this time, we have compiled a list of the seven most important safety preparations for travel:

1) Check before leaving: Be sure that before you set off on a long drive, you check the weather for unexpected rainfall or snow on your route. Also be sure your vehicle is in proper working order to avoid getting stranded.

2) Keep your vehicle’s gas tank at least half full for road trips, and maintain an emergency supply kit in your vehicle for when the unexpected occurs.

3) Be sure to fully charge your cell phone and keep a backup charger with you during travel.

4) If you are traveling alone, let someone (such as a roommate, neighbor, or friend) know where you are going. Give them information on the route you will travel, and the phone number of where you’ll be. In case you don’t make it to your destination at a specified time, people will know where to start looking.

5) Thieves can guess that no one is home when there is mail piling up at the door. Coordinate with your post office about receiving mail during your travel time.

6) Never leave doors and windows unlocked while you’re away traveling. This is especially important with garage doors. Many times, burglars enter through doors that someone forgot to secure. Pick up and put away spare keys hidden outside of the home.

7) Never make your plans for travel known on social media. Ask someone you trust to check on your home a few times.

Have a fun and safe holiday season!

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