Road Trip Safety Guidelines for the Holidays

Reuniting with distant family members can make the holiday season even more special. If you’re planning to drive long distances for the holidays, consider taking a few precautions to make your road trip safer for your family. The emergency care physicians and other healthcare providers at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center would like to wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season, from our family to yours.

Emergency Preparedness

Since emergencies are by nature unpredictable, it’s best to be prepared for problems along your route. Keep an emergency kit in your car with flashlights, road flares, a first aid kit, water, blankets, and extra prescription medications. Have your vehicle tuned up before you leave and make sure the tires still have a good tread. When you take breaks along the highway, give your loved ones a call and let them know where you are on your route and where you’re headed next. In the event of an emergency, they’ll know where they can send help.

Traffic Safety

It’s easy to become fatigued when sitting at the wheel for hours at a time. If you find yourself too tired or distracted to pay attention to the traffic around you, pull over and let another adult take a turn driving. The highways tend to be particularly busy during the holiday season. Maintain a safe distance from other cars and avoid becoming distracted at the wheel.

Infant Care

Introducing a new baby to distant relatives is exciting, but traveling with an infant can be particularly challenging. Double check that you have packed everything your baby might need for the trip, including the phone number of a pediatrician and any prescribed medications. Pack plenty of feeding supplies, diapers, wipes, and rash ointment, and remember to bring trash bags for dirty diapers. Expect to pull over frequently to change your baby’s diaper and feed him or her.

If your family will be traveling in the Las Vegas area this holiday season, you can count on the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center to provide 24/7 healthcare assistance. Travelers are invited to visit our Guest Services Department for assistance finding local resources such as lodging and dining. You can speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (702) 233-5300 or you can visit our website to browse our healthcare services, including stroke care and heart care.

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