WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Let’s all rejoice. Summertime is finally here, bringing with it an abundance of family fun, adventures, vacations and weekend getaways. The warmer weather also means more and more people taking to our nation’s roads and waterways. With June designated as National Safety Month, GEICO offers some tips to help travelers stay safe.
Safety tips for traveling by land
- Pick the right seat: Your favorite easy chair, a park bench or that new hammock you hung up are fine spots to answer your texts; however, the driver's seat is not. Texting while driving and all forms of distraction cause drivers to miss common objects such as traffic signals, hazards, pedestrians and more.
- Leave driving out of your drink mixes: The impairing effects of alcohol make safe driving virtually impossible, which isn't news to most drivers. However, thousands still die annually as a result of drinking and driving. If you plan to drink, have a plan of action for getting home such as: a designated sober driver, public transportation, cab or rideshare, or see if you can spend the night at your host's residence.
- Wear a belt: No, not one that keeps your pants up, but a seatbelt. Whether you’re a driver or a passenger, taking three seconds to fasten your seatbelt significantly reduces your chances of serious injury or death should you be involved in a crash.
- Play defense: We're not talking about taking the field at a baseball game, but rather, having the right frame of mind while behind the wheel. Avoid aggressive maneuvers like weaving through traffic, speeding or tailgating. Remember to keep your cool rather than putting other cars at risk by becoming involved in an altercation.
Safety tips for traveling by sea
- Always wear a life jacket: There's no mystery; life jackets save lives and also ensure that you and your guests have a great time on the water. The U.S. Coast Guard requires that all recreational boats must carry one Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person aboard. Life jackets should be tested once a year and must be the appropriate size for the intended user.
- Create a float plan – The U.S. Coast Guard recommends that boaters inform a friend or family member where they plan to go, the route they will take and the time they are expected to return. This information will aid officials in their search efforts if an accident occurs.
- Check the weather: A nice, sunny day can quickly turn into a severe storm out on the water. Always check the weather forecast before venturing out on your boat. Also, keep a radio on board to receive weather updates.
- Operate at a safe speed – Excessive speeding is a leading cause of all reported boating accidents. Operate your boat at a safe speed and stay aware of traffic density and navigation hazards to avoid accidents and save lives.
- Drinking while boating is a no-no: Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) is a leading cause of fatal boating accidents. Alcohol affects judgment, vision and increases the likelihood of an accident. It’s also illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol.