Avoid common holiday hazards and get through the season safely.

As the holidays approach, it’s time to kick shopping and travel planning into high gear. While many people find the holiday season nothing short of magical, it’s important to remember that winter weather and holiday crowds can lead to some dangerous situations.

Fortunately, the New York DMV released a statement with some helpful tips for making it through the season without a layover at the emergency room. In this post, we’ll focus on some safe shopping practices to help you take care of your nice list without putting your safety at risk:

  • Take special care when bringing your tree home –For many families, picking out the perfect tree and bringing it home to decorate are priceless traditions. Tens of thousands of people are injured in accidents caused by road debris each year – which includes fallen Christmas trees. Bring bungee cords, rope or other material to secure your tree and make sure you position the trunk towards the front of your car in case it comes loose.
  • Holiday lights aren’t just for your home decor – Parking in well-lit areas is always wise, particularly in winter when days get shorter. Parking near a lamp post or as near the building as possible can help you avoid dangerous situations and give you better visibility to what’s going on around you.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended – In the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, it’s easy to get distracted – which can mean a payday for pickpockets or burglars at your expense. If you must leave anything of value in a vehicle, stow it in the trunk or cover it with a blanket to avoid having your car broken into.
  • Enlist a holiday helper – The buddy system isn’t just for field trips. Bring a friend on your holiday shopping trips. You’ll be safer in the stores and walking back to your vehicle if you have some backup.

In part two, we’ll focus on winter driving habits to keep you and your loved ones safe this season.