JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas –
The holiday season is a time for celebrating with family and friends. Unfortunately it’s also a time for stress and fatigue. Between traveling, planning and festivities, it’s easy to put safety on the back burner. So it is critical to incorporate risk management into our holiday routine.
When it comes to traveling, safety begins with preparation, especially when driving. Taking some simple steps in vehicle maintenance will go a long way toward avoiding an emergency situation. It’s as simple as making sure your vehicle has the proper air pressure and fluids are at the proper levels.
It is also important to plan frequent stops on long treks and get plenty of rest prior to beginning the trip. “Preparation is your best risk management tool,” said Terry L. Todd, 502d Air Base Wing Occupational Safety and Health manager. “If you’re going to take long drives, get plenty of rest, don’t let fatigue ruin your holiday.”
Remember to give your full attention to the task at hand when you’re behind the wheel and reduce the number of distractions in the vehicle. It is common to dismiss the fact that you are operating a potential weapon, which can lead to a tragedy in the blink of an eye. Be sure to buckle up and put the phone away.
Planning ahead when your travel plans are local is equally as important, especially if you plan to spend time socializing with friends and family by going out and enjoying a few drinks.
“No matter what plans you have in store, make sure they include the wingman, or battle buddy concept,” said Todd. “Look out for one another, know your limits and if you're going to drink, do so responsibly. Plan for and use a designated driver."