Spring break is a time for fun with friends and fellow students. When you leave home, safety should be a top concern. Staying safe will ensure you return to school with great memories from spring break 2010.
One of the most anticipated times of the year for a college student is spring break. It's an excuse to leave town, hang out with friends and forget about class. Unfortunately, spring break also brings potential safety risks.
Choose your destination wisely. There's never been a better time to land great travel deals, which means you don't have to settle for an unsafe hotel or a destination spot you aren't crazy about. Pick a place that is safe and do some research on tourism in the area. This is especially important if you plan to leave the country.
If you're driving, use extra caution. Stay off your cell phone and never text while driving. The more passengers in your car, the greater the chance of an accident - so make sure everyone buckles up. Always practice defensive driving. Even if you're being safe, it doesn't mean other drivers will do the same.
Travel with people you know and trust. Whether it's a student group or a few close friends, you'll want to be with people who look out for your safety. Stick with your group. Never leave the group you're with on spring break - even if it's the middle of the day. Choose at least one person you plan to stick with the entire time, although the larger the group, the better.
"We want Spring Break to be memorable, but in a good way" "You don't want to get arrested for DWI, receive a ticket or be injured somehow because you were irresponsible. Have fun, but please be safe." No matter where you plan to travel, keep yourself safe with the following:
Tips for a safe Spring Break
- Don't text while driving
- Wear your seat belt
- Don't drink and drive -- find a sober friend to do the driving
- Don't leave your drink unattended, and don't accept drinks from strangers
- Keep a fresh driver behind the wheel, or stop every couple of hours to rest and walk around
- Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained
- Keep your friends close
See you around campus!
Gerald C. Donaldson, REM