4 Tips for Safe Travel This Summer from MedFlight911 Air Ambulance
Before you hit the road or head to the airport for this year's summer vacation, make sure that you take proper safety precautions. While a vacation is usually a welcome respite from daily stress, an accident can quickly turn your dream trip into a nightmare. Stay safe (and avoid a long-distance air ambulance) trip by keeping the following tips in mind.
- Check your insurance: Whether you're traveling domestically or internationally, it pays to review your insurance coverage before you depart. Find out if there are doctors or hospitals that accept your insurance at your destination. If you or a family member gets sick while on vacation, you may be able to save money by visiting these in-network providers. You can also make a list of doctors or hospitals to call if an emergency happens; that can be especially helpful if you or someone you're traveling with has health problems. Reviewing your insurance is even more important if you'll be traveling outside of the U.S. Not all insurers will cover care abroad, so you may need to purchase travel insurance to ensure that you're protected. This is also the time to check to see if your insurer will cover the cost of a medical evacuation via advanced air ambulance. Some do, but not all.
- Make a list: Before you leave, make a list of all the medications you and all your traveling companions take, as well as the phone number for your doctor at home, plus the names of relatives or friends to contact in case of an emergency. You can also make note of any known allergies or existing health issues. Having this information readily available will simplify matters if an emergency does occur while you're traveling.
- Play safe: While you're on vacation, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and forget to practice basic safety. Those oversights can lead to accidents, however. Whether you're splashing in the backyard pool or at an exotic beach, make sure that kids (and adults) swim safely. Wear proper gear and take commonsense safety precautions if you'll be hiking, biking, or otherwise enjoying the great outdoors. Finally, don't underestimate the hazards of an unfamiliar environment. A beach that looks safe may have a dangerous undertow, beautiful rocks near a waterfall or river can be slippery, and "cute" wild animals may actually be dangerous. Always heed posted safety warnings – they are there for a reason.
- Drive smart: Summer road trips can be fun, but they can be dangerous if you're not prepared. Before you depart, take your car in for a tune-up – check the tires, battery, and other crucial components. Once you're on the highway, always wear your seat belt, observe the rules of the road, and don't talk on the phone or text while behind the wheel. Finally, remember to never leave a child alone in a hot car, even for just a few minutes. Excessive heat exposure can quickly lead to tragedy.
Travel is one of the great joys of life, and the perfect way to form lasting memories with friends and families. Make sure that those memories are positive ones by following basic safety tips. Let your story of what you did on your summer vacation be a fun and exciting one, not a tale of disaster.
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