The holidays are a fun, exciting time of year. This is a season when people gather with friends and loved ones for cheer, merriment and more. However, as amazing as the holidays can be, some people unfortunately experience dramatic or even tragic events during this season. There are a few steps that you can take to protect yourself throughout the season and beyond.

1- Focus on Home Security

During the holidays, you may spend more time away from home. This may be because you are out holiday shopping, at more social events or travelling to visit family. Many criminals target vacant homes for burglaries, and your vacant home may be a prime target. Consider investing in a home security system. Keep the lights on by using smart home technology or timers. Getting a dog may even deter some criminals from breaking in.

2- Plan for a Safe Ride Home

Drinking alcohol is common during the holidays, but drunk driving is illegal and can put you and others at risk. If you plan to drink, always plan a safe ride home before you start drinking. This may include everything from asking a sober friend to take you home to hiring a taxi, using ride sharing services and more. Remember that you may not be thinking clearly when you have been drinking, so it is best to plan ahead before you start drinking.

3- Only Hire Reputable Transportation Services

If you plan to use transportation services at any time throughout the season and beyond, only reach out to reputable, reliable taxi companies. Avoid using independently owned companies or private contractors. Established, reputable companies may have insurance to protect you against losses, and you can count on them to provide great service.

4- Keep Your Car Well-Maintained

You likely will drive your own vehicle around town and beyond throughout the season. This time of year, snow and ice are common. These weather conditions can make roads treacherous. Before driving, always make sure that the tread on your tires is sufficient and that your tires are properly inflated. Periodically, service your vehicle to avoid a breakdown or other mishap. Any warning signs should be investigated and rectified as soon as possible.

The Bottom Line:

Regardless of your holiday plans, there are many unfortunate situations that could cause pain, misery and financial loss. Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to reduce the risks that you face throughout the season. Pay attention to these tips now and in the future to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

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