Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Safest Way to Travel


Traveling is a very unpredictable activity and whether you like it or not, accidents can happen while you are aboard a plane, ship, or land transportation. Some people develop a phobia if they experience travel-related accidents, especially if the said accidents involve losing loved ones. It is true that traveling can be scary to some people, especially those who are new to it, but it doesn’t help thinking about it everytime you go on a trip. It doesn’t matter whether you travel by air, water, or land – accidents can happen whenever you happen to be.

There are several measures you can do to decrease the possibilities of getting involved in travel-related accidents.

    • Choose a reputable airline before reserving air tickets. This is important especially if you are booking for long, international flights. Sadly, there are airlines with a high number of flight-related incidents, so it’s better to steer clear of those. Do not think of the price of air ticket booking when it comes to safety; what’s a hundred dollars more for a reputable airline who can take you safely to your destination?

    • Follow airline policies at all times. Believe it or not, there are still people who do not understand the importance of turning off mobile phones during flight. Remember that those rules are made for the safety of passengers and crew. Bending the rules might endanger not only yourself, but other people in the plane as well.

    • The same applies to traveling by ship. Although it is considered less risky than air travel, you should keep in mind that ships or boats can sink and leave you swimming in open water. There are rules that ship passengers have to follow, so don’t even think about leaning too far in the railing or going to the part of the ship that is off limits for passengers.

    • If you are planning to travel by land, do not, by any means, drink before or during driving. Remember the number of drunk-driving accidents that happen within a year. Even if you think you have high tolerance for alcohol, don’t do it. Long distance driving is tiring enough and alcohol can add to your lack of concentration on the road, which can lead to accidents.

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