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Staying Safe During Spring Break

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 10, 2014 3:56:00 PM

Spring break is a huge time for people, especially students, to head out on vacation for much needed R&R. You and your friends will be heading out to popular destination spots such as Daytona Beach, Florida for parties and beautiful beaches. When you head out on the road, you should keep your safety in mind. Spring break is often associated with risky behavior. Make safe choices during your vacation and follow these helpful tips and guidelines.  

Boating Tips

A day out on a boat can be a lot of fun. However, you need to remember to boat carefully and responsibly. Boating accidents are often caused by negligence and careless operation. While you and your friends are enjoying your Florida spring break, keep in mind these safe boating tips:

  • Never operate a boat while under the influence
  • Obey speeding zones
  • Don't operate a boat recklessly
  • Don't cause large wakes in calm areas
  • Keep a safe distance between boats
  • Keep a look out for people in the water

Bicycle Safety Tips

If you and your fellow spring breakers are heading out for a bicycle ride, be cautious and always obey bicycle laws.  Bicycle crashes can cause severe injuries such as head trauma and broken bones. You definitely don't want to have a medical bill during your Florida vacation so follow these bicycle safety guidelines:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Wear all other protective gear
  • If riding at night, have lights and reflective gear
  • Stay in designated bike paths
  • Don't ride against traffic
  • Look out for road hazards

Driving Tips

You and your friends may decide to take a long road trip. If an auto accident does occur, you want to exchange information with each driver involved. Be sure to take pictures and notes to help you with your claim over the next few weeks. If you are driving out of town for your vacation, remember these safety tips:

  • Always remember, do not drink and drive
  • If you are tired, pull over in a safe place and rest
  • Check tire pressure before you leave
  • Check car fluids
  • Obey speed limits
  • Buckle up
  • Keep insurance information in your glove box
  • Stay off the phone - don't text while driving

Drinking Safety

If you are vacationing and you are of legal age, you will more than likely be having a few alcoholic beverages. Keep in mind the liquor laws when you are vacationing. Also, remember the sun maximizes the effects of alcohol. Follow these tips to keep yourself safe while having a good time:

  • Pace yourself
  • Stay clear of hard liquor or drinks that have powerful or fast effects
  • Never drink and drive
  • Have a safe mode of transportation planned
  • Stay hydrated especially with prolonged sun exposure
  • Don't go swimming, especially by yourself

Hotel Safety

When you're staying at a hotel there are a few tips you should remember:

  • You should keep in mind the nearest fire exits and stairways just in case you have to evacuate.
  • If your room has a safe, use it. Keep your valuables protected.  
  • If you are in a large hotel, avoid getting rooms above the sixth floor, sometimes emergency ladders can't reach high enough.
  • Keep your doors locked and be careful who you allow into your room, especially if you are alone.

Being Safe Around Water

You're in Florida so water is going to play a big part of your vacation. With beaches, pools and spas around every corner, chances are you and your friends will be heading to these hot spots. These safety tips will help you avoid accidents while in or around the water.

  • Don't go swimming alone
  • Don't swim if you are under the influence
  • Don't swim without a lifeguard present
  • Stay in the designated swim areas
  • Wear sunscreen and reapply often
  • Stay hydrated
  • If you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore until it passes

Keeping Money and Personal Belongings Safe

When you are traveling, the safety of your personal belongings is vital. Take caution while handling your cash and make sure you never leave anything important where strangers can see them. Remember these safety tips for your belongings while on your vacation.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • When headed to the ATM, go in a group and during daylight hours
  • Keep your wallet and purse with you at all times
  • Be aware of pick-pocketing. Watch out for people that brush up against you
If you do experience any type of personal injury or legal mishap during spring break you should contact a professional attorney immediately. An attorney can help you deal with any legal needs such as insurance companies or proper compensation for any of your injuries. Steven A. Bagen and Associates has offices across Florida and our attorneys are available to help you.
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Topics: Car Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Drinking and Driving