Travel wise-Travel safe
All of us travel every day to and from work, to the grocery store, gym, and several other frequent destinations in our day to day lives. During your travels are you traveling wise? Are you traveling safe? I’m sure everyone knows the ins and outs of driving safe, right? But do you travel wise? What I mean is, do you know what to do in the event of an accident? Do you have all of the proper paperwork in the vehicle with you? Do you secure your vehicle every time you leave it?
Do you know what to do in the event of an accident? In the event of an accident no matter how minor, always check for injury. If there are no injuries involved, move the vehicles from the travel lane in order to not cause any additional damage or hazard. Most states require an accident to have a report filed if more than $1000.00 worth of damage, and even if you want to take care of the incident without using your insurance or the other parties insurance, it is still recommended that you have a police report done just to ensure every person involved follows through with the arrangement made. Important information to swap between the parties involved even with a police report filed is all involved parties Name, Phone Number, Insurance company and number and, vehicle VIN #.
Do you have all the proper paperwork in the vehicle with you? Probably one of the most common citations issued is “No proof of Insurance”. State Law in nearly every state says that you must have at minimum liability insurance on any vehicle traveling state/federal highways and you must have current proof of that coverage available in the vehicle at all times. Accompanied by proof of insurance you will also need to have the vehicles state registration available at all times. Not only because it is the law, but proof of insurance and registration are two reliable means to prove ownership of a vehicle. Also, I frequently get handed the title of the vehicle as part of the registration. Whatever you do, don’t put the title of the vehicle in the vehicle. Put the title of the vehicle in safe of file somewhere completely separate of the vehicle. Having the title in the vehicle allows any thief to break into the vehicle and sign the title over to themselves, creating a huge process for you to prove that it was a stolen car and title.
Do you secure your vehicle every time you leave it? Even when parked in your own drive way secure your vehicle. As a police officer when I get a call for a “vehicle break in” the first question I ask the person is “Did you have your vehicle locked” 9 times out of 10 the reply is “No”. Not to stereotype but typically thieves are thieves because they are lazy and will generally go for an easy target so no matter where you are secure your vehicle. Avoid leaving valuable assets visible in the passenger area of the vehicle and be mindful of how and where you place the magnetic hidden key boxes, if you thought of it, a thief can too.
Be Safe, Be Free!