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As the fourth most populous city in the US with 2.3 million inhabitants, Houston is a diverse city home to professional sports teams, NASA’s space center, Houston Grand Opera, and flourishing energy industry. Compared to other major cities, Houston is said to be the most welcoming of all.

 

Houston

Houston

 

So, after weeks or even months of carefully considering the idea, you have come to a decision — you’re moving to Houston! But have you thought of the essential things to consider before telling yourself to move to this city? If not, then now is the perfect time to have these key things checked before you pack your bags and head to the land of the Rockets.

A Diverse City

Did we mention that Houston is a diverse city yet? Many other nationalities have found their home in this city. For a large part, this is what makes a living in Houston great. It opens your mind to the different cultures in the world and lets you explore them through the people and a wide range of cuisines.

Low Home Prices

Compared to other major cities in the US, Houston’s housing cost is relatively lower. Median houses start at around $150,000 and you may be able to get a mortgage with bad credit. The city’s affordable housing market is a significant contributor to the flock of new residents. While other cities with inflated population can’t keep up, the housing market in the Texas city has grown with its population.

You’ll need a car

Aside from the city being a driving one, traffic in Houston can be rough. While there are way more buses and rails now, public transit is still in the process of development. That’s why owning a car for daily use is essential in this city. Invest on one with an air conditioner, as the humid temperature is the norm in the area.

Long Commutes

In Houston, long commutes are common. If you’re not as enthusiastic with long commutes as other people, choose a house that is near to your workplace or is inside the Loop. The Loop refers to the Loop 610, and Houstonians use the terms “inner” and “outside the loop” when giving directions.

However, if you want to experience the more peaceful side of your new city and adapt to its culture, you can opt to buy or rent a house in the suburb (outside the loop) and take your daily drive. If you decide for the latter though, always mind the traffic. It’s a pretty reasonable excuse if you are running late.

Abundant Restaurants

As it is a diverse city, Houston has a lot to offer on the subject of food. The city’s food scene ranges from high-end restos to sidewalk food trucks. With a variety of food available, residents always count themselves lucky to be living in such great place. And guess what, Houston has once named America’s Next Great Food City by GQ mag.

The Weather

Before moving to Houston, remember that you may not be able to wear your favorite coat again. The city has a humid temperature, and rather than complain about it, just learn to accept and live with it. Not only does it make you happier, but the humidity also has a good effect on your skin. Yes, we’re talking about natural moisturizer!

Aside from humidity, rain is also always on the side as the city has a subtropical climate. You can always expect rain every day, so an umbrella is a must. If you have a car, it is also important to train yourself to drive under these conditions.

A Disaster Plan

As you may already know, Houston’s location is a common path for storms and hurricanes, so if you’re planning a big move to the city, prepare a disaster plan for when an unfortunate event happens. Discuss and share the plan with your family or anyone who is living with you. Talk about where you will meet if you get separated during a disaster. It’s also recommended to stock on a disaster emergency kit.

No Zoning Laws

Zoning laws are those that limited the commercial use of land. A part of these laws dictates the maximum allowed height of buildings in a certain area. Well, there’s no such law in Houston. This has both positive and negative implications. Positive as it will impact the expansion of housing stock and therefore the growth of the city in general, and negative as it will result in an unpleasurable sight of a mix of buildings.

Conclusion

Moving to another city is a big decision that requires more than just an overnight of weighing options. A lot of factors need to be considered to make sure you never regret the decision you make. If you’ve decided to make Houston your new home, Third Coast is here to help with your move in the most convenient way possible. Good Luck.

In 2017, Dubai was the 4th most visited city in the world with over 16 million overnight visitors. Its attractions are obvious to most: year-round sunshine, amazing beaches and resorts, such as JA Resorts & Hotels, and luxury and indulgence in every possible way imaginable. Add to this an iconic skyline, including the world’s tallest building and some tempting visitor attractions, and you get a very desirable destination.

 

dubai-family-travel-tips

dubai-family-travel-tips

 

However, delve deeper as a tourist yourself and you’ll find that Dubai has still quite a few surprises in store especially for families visiting the city for the first time.

1.  It’s Smaller Than You Might Imagine

Dubai is renowned for its skyline and it certainly packs an architectural punch.

Dubai’s skyscraper credentials are second-to-none in nearly every way; the city is home to the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa at 828m) and the world’s tallest hotel (the Gevora Hotel at 356m). In total, it’s home to 18 buildings over 300m, more than anywhere else in the world.

However, if you’d imagined an endless sprawl of office and residential towers, you’d be wrong: Dubai is actually home to significantly fewer smaller skyscrapers than Hong Kong and New York. It also has a much smaller population than these cities (around 3 million compared to over 7 and 8 million).

All of this means that Dubai avoids the oppressive feel that you may feel other cities have and as such, makes it much more family-friendly. So if you’ve dismissed certain cities as too busy and bustling for a family trip but still want the architectural wow factor, Dubai is a great choice.

2.  There’s no Shortage of Things to Do in This City

Tripadvisor currently lists more than a thousand things to do and places to visit in Dubai. Favorites include Dubai Fountains, Dubai Mall, Desert Safari Tours, Boat Tours and, of course, the Burj Khalifa.

 

Dubai Aquarium

Dubai Aquarium

 

Dubai also sits firmly in its Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Traveler’s Choice destinations worldwide making it a tried and tested choice.

3.  It Has More History to See Than Most People Realize

It’s easy to believe that Dubai has risen suddenly from the desert. It is true that while London, Paris, Hong Kong, and New York have been globally famous for centuries, Dubai is a relative newcomer in this respect. This, however, disguises the fact that Dubai does indeed have a distinguished past, albeit on a smaller scale.

The city enjoyed prestige for many decades as a pearl farming centre until well into the 20th century, before oil and tourism became bigger sources of income.

Thankfully, and to many visitors’ surprise, much of the original old Dubai by the Dubai Creek has been preserved with all its charm still intact. The neighborhood is now home to galleries, boutiques, cafes and even a floating family friendly dinner cruise. Families on vacation can easily spend a whole a day meandering through the network of original alleys and passages.

4.  It’s known for outlandish construction projects that haven’t even been built

Despite the beauty of Old Dubai, the city is best known for its ultra-modern buildings. It’s famous for successfully completing some ambitious architectural projects such as The World and Palm Jumeirah which are both artificial islands as well as its iconic skyscrapers.

 

Dubai

Dubai

 

Some projects, however, have proved a step too far. There are several notably outlandish projects that either been shelved or put on hold. They include:

  • International Chess City, a development of hotels and residential builders designed to replicate the look of a chess board.
  • Dynamo Tower where each floor would have revolved at its own pace around a stable core therefore constantly changing appearance.

5.  It Takes Multicultural to Another Level

For every 6 people you meet in Dubai, it’s likely that only one will be a local Emirati. Professionals from all over the world have been drawn to Dubai and you’ll likely see Asian, Antipodean, African, American and European influences in many aspects of Dubai and hear many different languages spoken.

Its multicultural network of people has almost certainly contributed to Dubai’s fearsome reputation for hospitality and cuisine by enveloping the best of many cultures.

Your family will definitely be immersed in new and interesting cultures – an experience that you may not find anywhere else.

6.  It has the Longest Metro in the World

It’s not just Dubai’s buildings beating world records.

It may have been operating less than a decade, but Dubai’s metro can still claim to be the longest in the world beating its older rivals hands down at 75 km or 47 mi long.

Add in a well-established network of taxis, many of which are now hybrid, and you get a city where you and your family can easily get around.

7.  It Also has the Biggest Shopping Center Where You Can do a lot More Than Shop

Dubai Mall is home to more than 1,200 retail outlets and it is the world’s largest mall based on the total area covering the equivalent of 50 soccer fields. Paradise to any lover of shopping, surely.

However, the biggest surprises that Dubai Mall can offer are not its shops but its entertainment attractions. There’s fun for all ages, with an internationally renowned aquarium and underwater zoo where you can get up close to sharks and other exciting marine life, even dive if you wish.

There’s also a 22 screen cinema, an ice rink, and the Dubai dino, a genuine diplodocus skeleton.  Dubai Mall is also home to Kidzania play zone- a child-size replica city.  Whew!

8.  This Desert City is Home to the World’s Largest Flower Garden

The Dubai of most people’s imagination may well feature a lot of steel, glass, concrete, and sand; it is a desert city after all. A horticultural paradise is unlikely to feature in most people’s mind’s eye. Yet, unbelievably, Dubai is home to the world’s largest flower garden.

 

World’s Largest Flower Garden

World’s Largest Flower Garden

 

Aptly named ‘Dubai Miracle Garden’, this perfect family  oasis features an ever-changing display of at least 60 types of flower over 72,000 square meters. Amongst its most striking previous displays has been a life-size floral replica of an A380 Airbus.

9.  Even the Emergency Vehicles are far from Average

It’s no great surprise that there are plenty of supercars cruising the streets of Dubai. But a high-tech police car? Or ambulance?

Dubai Police operates a fleet of 14 luxury supercars, including the world’s fastest police car, a Bugatti Veyron which can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. Similarly, the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services is now operating a Polaris Slingshot first response vehicle. Your kids will certainly love to have a glimpse of these futuristic vehicles.

 

dubai-marina

dubai-marina

 

10.  Dubai Loves Sports

Lastly, Dubai’s population is anything but idle and there a lot of participation in sport. The most popular sports played by residents are soccer, followed by cricket. But in general, it’s hard to find a sport that isn’t played somewhere in Dubai, thanks to its large expat population.

It also has its place on the world stage of sport with its most famous events including The Dubai World Cup horse race; The Dubai Tennis Championships – a WTA/ATP event; and the Dubai Sevens Rugby tournament.

If your kids are into these sports, time your visit to coincide with these famous events.

There are also some unusual sports that are widely enjoyed in Dubai. These include falconry and camel racing. There’s less human participation in camel racing than you might expect though since the camels are jockeyed by robots.

 

Traveling is a great way to relax, discover the world, and bond with your family. However, to ensure that your travel experience will be a fun yet safe adventure, there several tips that you should consider when travelling abroad. Planning ahead, knowing the place, and traveling responsibly can help make every travel experience with your family safe and memorable.

 

Safty Family Travel Tips

Safty Family Travel Tips

 

Read further to know more about travelling without accidents and what to consider to keep your family safe.

Plan Ahead

As with any traveling trip, planning ahead is very important. Aside from planning what to pack and where to go, there are several things to plan before any trip with your family:

  • Keep your home safe before you leave: Whenever you travel, it is important to keep your home safe before you leave it. Check all the plugs of your appliances and if possible entrust your home to a trusted neighbor.
  • Secure your place of accommodation: Make sure that you have already booked and secured your place of accommodation. Be careful in choosing hotels online and always check the reviews for each place. Follow up your reservation a day before you leave and make sure everything is prepared before you travel.
  • Plan an agenda: If you haven’t already planned an agenda on where to visit, you can opt to hire a tour guide, or research on the internet on “must go” places in the country that you’re traveling.
  • Check your health: There’s nothing worse than traveling while being sick. Days before you leave, make an appointment with your doctor. It is also important to check if your children’s immunizations are up to date as there are several countries where your child might be exposed to viral diseases, and it is better to come prepared for anything.

Travel prepared

Aside from planning ahead, there are several things that you need to do before traveling. Remember that preparing well before you travel can help save you from a lot of stress while on vacation.

Health is always a priority. Make sure that you have a handy first aid kit in your luggage. Include in your safety kit medicines that your family needs in case of common diseases. If any of your family members have any medications to take, stock up on those medications for the rest of your trip. If your family members have any allergies, bring some medicine to help in case of emergency. Finally, if you’re visiting a sunny place do not forget to bring sunblock to protect your skin.

Keep your phones charged at all times. Often, some family members can get lost, and it’s important that you can contact them in case of emergency. Invest in a battery pack or power bank for each family member.

Know the place

Knowing the place you’re traveling to is important. Consider researching the following information:

  • Weather: In packing the clothes you need to bring, knowing the weather conditions of the place you’re headed to is important. If the weather is chilly, make sure to bring lots of clothes to keep your body warm. If your family is planning to go on a trip in a tropical country, make sure to bring light clothes and an umbrella in case it rains.
  • Political conditions: Read the news about the condition of the country you’re traveling. This secures the safety of you family. Avoid going to countries experiencing political turmoil. If possible, you can try calling your embassy to inquire about your safety in the country you’re planning to travel.
  • Safety or emergency numbers: It is important to know where to go or who to contact in case of an emergency in the country you’re traveling. Make sure you know the police numbers of the place and the contact number of your embassy in case of emergency.
  • Transportation: Know the transportation available to you in your place of travel. In some countries, taking the bus, riding a taxi or a train is one of the most common modes of transportation. Make sure you know about these transportations or you know a local that can help guide your family. One of the best tips for traveling is to book a car with a driver. Booking a car is a great investment when traveling; not only can you secure the safety of your family, but the driver itself can help act as a tour guide for your family to discover places and travel like a local.
  • Food: Research about the most common delicacies of that country. Take note of the allergies of your family and always keep some medicine on hand.

Orient your family

It is important that your family members know the place you’re traveling to and know the safety numbers to contact in case of emergency. If you are bringing children with you, teach your children how to deal with emergencies. Do not be scared of allowing your children to talk to strangers, allow your children to develop social skills but teach them how to be alert to stranger danger.

Invest in travel insurance

Investing in travel insurance is a great choice when traveling. Travel insurance can cover the expenses you incur in case of medical emergencies or accidents.  Paying a few bucks to keep your family insured in case of emergency can help save thousands of dollars later on.

 

What To Consider To Keep Your Family Safe

What To Consider To Keep Your Family Safe

 

Conclusion

A great way to enhance the bond of your family is to travel with them and discover the world together. However, there are a few things to consider before traveling with your family. You must always plan and prepare for any trip. With those tips on hand, you are now better equipped to travel safely and enjoy the world with your family. If you need legal advice on matters of traffic, do click here to learn more.

Spring is upon us!

And for most families, the turn of the season means trips to beaches, nature trails, and other bustling attractions.

 

Road Trip Child Safety Tips

Road Trip Child Safety Tips

 

If going on a road trip is part of your spring break to-do list, you will want to read this post on child safety tips and reminders for families traveling by car.

1. Always Take The Car Seat

Our family has a simple road trip policy:

 

Child Safety Tips on a Road Trip

Child Safety Tips on a Road Trip

Either we take my daughter’s car seat, or we don’t go at all.

 

You may have the steadiest of hands when driving, but no one can ignore the risk of vehicular accidents and crashes. Worse, however, the seat belts found in cars are designed for adults. Harnessing a child in one can even cause serious injuries.

An appropriate child safety seat solves both problems. It’s built for little tots and reduces the risk of life-threatening injuries during crashes in infants by 74% and toddlers by 54%. Simply put, not bringing a car seat when on the road doesn’t make any sense.

On the other hand, a car seat is only as good as the condition it’s in. So when planning a long-haul road trip, we always…

  • Make sure the car seat is in good condition. We look for any cracks or damage, as well as loose parts. We also review the seat’s expiry date every now and then. If you want to know how long your car seat is good for, you can find the expiry date on the back or bottom of the seat. Or, you can contact the manufacturer.
  • We also double-check the installation. As a rule, you shouldn’t be able to move the car seat by an inch in whatever direction. A tight installation job ensures the safety seat does its job.

Quick note:

For good measure, you can take your seat to a CPS (child passenger safety) technician. A CPS-certified and trained expert can provide one-on-one personalized instruction and run safety checks to your family.

2. Bring Some Kid-Friendly Entertainment

“Are we there yet?”

Kids only take only 49 minutes and 47 seconds before they start asking the dreaded question. And unless you can distract them away from the fact you’re not even halfway, the little tots are likely to throw a tantrum.

Not only are tantrums annoying, especially in close quarters. They can also take your mind away from the wheel, and that’s always a dangerous thing.

Fortunately, an iPad or tablet can keep the boredom at bay. From creating digital paintings, playing with their favorite cartoon characters, to side-scrolling games. You can bet there’s an app for whatever tickles your child’s fancy.

Just make sure your device has enough charge in the tank. Few things can drive kids nuts as much as a tablet running out of battery!

Of course, low-tech and travel-friendly options are also welcome.

Audio books, small doodle boards, and grasping toys are safe and mess-free toys which make for an excellent companion during road trips.

Oh, and do bring healthy snacks, too.

3. Pack An Emergency Kit

The car breaking down in the middle of nowhere is the last thing the family wants to happen.

Carry out essential maintenance before the trip, making sure the car is in working shape. Change the oil, replace the tires, and double-check the battery’s life. But even after all that prep, your vehicle may still stall.

In such situations, you will want to have an emergency kit with the following contents:

  • Water: Hydration may not be easily available when you’re on the road. So pack enough water for the rest of the family.
  • Blankets: To keep everyone warm at night.
  • Kid-friendly insect repellents: The DEET variety is still the most effective in warding off bugs. But they can be unsafe depending on the age of your child. If you want something a natural and kid-friendlier option, look into picaridin-based repellants.
  • Portable first aid kit: The kit must contain the essentials including bandages, gauze pads, child-safe pain relievers, antiseptic and antibacterial wipes, and any medication you may need.
  • Roadside assistance kit: It has everything you need to keep your head above water during road mishaps – from battery booster cables, reflective safety vests, warning triangles, to car repair gear like tire pressure gauge, multi-function tools, and more.

And one last tip:

Make sure you have important contacts handy. Your phone must have the contact number of your roadside assistance plan (ex: Good Sam), emergency services, and friends or relatives within the area. Put them on speed dial even.

4. Never Leave A Child Inside The Car Alone

Your most precious cargo should never stay in the car alone.

 

Child Safety Tips Road Trip

Child Safety Tips Road Trip

 

For starters, having an unattended child with the keys in the ignition only courts disaster. A kid starting the engine and rolling away with the car looks funny only in movies.

Moreover, know that a car’s interior can heat up in no time. For children under the age of 14, heatstroke inside a car is one of the leading causes of deaths linked to vehicles, just next to crashes.

The weather’s nice?

It doesn’t matter.

The temperature outside may be pleasant, but the temperature inside a car can get to dangerous levels fast. Hot days are even worse, and the insides of a parked car can get 40°C hotter than outdoor temperatures.

So if you need to leave the car, be sure to take the kids with you.

5. Praise And Reinforce Positive Behavior During The Trip

Kids are full of energy – always wanting to run, squeeze into nooks and crannies, and get up close with stuff that piques their curiosity. Imagine having all that enthusiasm and being forced to stay put inside the car.

Definitely not the easiest thing to do for a child!

So if your little tot is behaving nicely, let them know they’re doing a fantastic job.

Say something along the lines of: “I like driving when you stay put and behave. Good job!”

Doing so not only makes a child feel good. But praising the little ones for a job well done also reinforced the positive behavior. Do it enough times and kids will know to stay calm and not fiddle with the locks the moment they step into the car.

6. Stay Off Of Your Phone When Driving

Fact:

Distracted driving due to smartphone use is one of the leading causes of car accidents, accounting for 52% of wrecks.

On the other hand, staying off of your phone is easier said than done.

People spend an average of 5 hours/day on their mobile devices, and this reliance on technology has conditioned us to reach for our smartphones the moment the ringtone goes off. And the consequences can be lethal.

Turning off your phone may be out of the question. But you will want to turn your device on ‘silent’ before getting on the car. You can also download an app that sends an automated message when you get a text message or a call. Or, you can put the phone away from plain sight, like, say, in the trunk or glove box.

Note, however:

The strategies above can only help you so much. At the end of the day, your commitment to focusing 100% on the road ahead and not letting the phone distract you matters the most.

One of the most popular Caribbean destinations for many vacationers is the Cayman Islands. The breathtaking set of islets climb in the submerged Cayman Ridge to generate three distinct land masses, which are known as the Cayman Islands. This British territory has become closely associated with luxury, fortune, and total high-end experience. However, you should know that the Cayman Islands are much more than spending a fortune for relaxation.

Best Things To Do In Grand Cayman Island

Best Things To Do In Grand Cayman Island

For several decades, these islands have long become the favourite destination for challenging and enjoyable physical activities like snorkeling, golfing, hiking, sailing, snorkeling, and much more. You are able to experience all those undertakings on the largest of the three islands, Grand Cayman.

Best Things To Do In Grand Cayman Island

Grand Cayman offers an assortment of activities to choose from, like taking a trip to Hell or just basking in sunlight at Seven Mile Beach. Let’s discuss the five activities to experience in Grand Cayman:

  • Enjoy sunbathing and water sports in Seven Mile Beach

The Seven Mile Beach of all Cayman Islands is definitely one of the best when it comes to the world’s greatest beaches. The Seven Mile Beach boasts a complete, glistening, shining tropical heaven, and is perfect for total relaxation.

  • Take pleasure in the sand and sea: Tourists may enjoy walking and lounging on glistening talcum-powder sands. After a stroll, guests may find themselves relaxing near the aquamarine waters while surrounded by the background of coconut palm groves and lots of cabanas from the beachside hotels.
  • See marine species: The ocean is crystal clear, hence swimmers and snorkelers don’t have any difficulty seeing lovely a variety of aquatic life, multi-colored corals, and exotic schools of fishes.
  • Visit Stingray City

Stingray City is another popular attraction where tourists are taken to different sandbars and shallow reefs. Located in the northern boundaries of Grand Cayman, you may be surprised to find that wildlife is so close.

  • Watch stingrays up-close: For years, the southern stingrays have been spending time in this location, associating it with food. With a tour guide by their side, tourists will have an opportunity to connect with these legendary Caribbean marine animals up-close and personal.
  • Swim with marine creatures: Along with this, visitors can pet and swim the marine creatures underwater. Even better, they can do so while surrounded by the breathtaking views the Caribbean sea has to offer.
  • Hiking on Mastic Trail

Put on your trekking shoes and get ready to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Grand Cayman.

  • Experience the raw nature of the Cayman Islands: The Mastic Trail delivers a fantastic introduction to the pure and raw flora and fauna of the Cayman Islands. Roughly four kilometers in length, this distance can be tackled by nearly any vacationer.
  • See rare species: While trekking, you may witness exceptional rare species of birds, slinking lizards, along with many other spectacular species.
  • See Hell Town

Don’t be taken aback by this one. Hell Town is a favorite destination in Grand Cayman. Near the post office and gift shop of Hell Town, you will be amazed when you notice the expansive rock fields that bore the destination its name.

  • A rare view of rock formations: The place is about the size of a soccer pitch and is full of hoodoos and dagger-like spires. It boasts uncommon pinnacles generated in bedrock that appear to reach up towards the sunlight.
  • Take in the wonders from a viewing platform: Actually stepping on the stones is not permitted, but visitors can still get a view of all that Hell Town has to offer.
  • Experience the marine life at the Turtle Farm

Take a peek at the very amazing and rare marine life that call the Cayman Islands home. Spend a day exploring the ponds and pools of the Cayman Turtle Farm!

  • Pet sea turtles: Tourists are given the chance to meet, pet and spend time with the sea turtles in touch tanks. Additionally, visitors can swim from Breaker’s Lagoon, the island’s largest outdoor swimming pool.
  • Exotic marine life: This compact research, conservation and entertainment center is so close to Grand Cayman’s western borders. It has every type of aquatic animal you can imagine: endangered sea turtles, saltwater crocodiles, and other exotic marine life!
Best Things To Do In Grand Cayman Island

Best Things To Do In Grand Cayman Island

With so much to do, the Cayman Islands provide entertainment and activities for any traveller. It’s no surprise Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands, has become such a popular tourist destination with beaches and wildlife to keep travellers continuously coming back. To make the most out of your holiday vacation in Grand Cayman, you can check Things To Do In Grand Cayman – website for additional information.

Travelling abroad can be a delightful experience for you and your family, especially if you’re going to another country for the first time. Exposing yourself to a new culture and a new environment can be refreshing, especially if you want to take a few days’ off and just relax and make memorable moments together. However, just like regular trips to the zoo or the mall in your area, a trip abroad can turn disastrous if a vehicle accident happens. It’s a risk you have to take note of before ever deciding to travel as a family abroad.

This, of course, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to other countries at all, but rather that you should take extra precaution to make sure you and your family are safe when it comes to auto accidents. This is very possible with proper care and planning, and the tips below to avoid vehicle accidents while travelling abroad might be just what you need.

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, around 1.3 million people become fatalities in vehicular accidents annually. This amounts to around 3,287 fatalities on average every single day. On top of that, 20 to 50 million people are disabled or injured annually as a result of this situation.

Study and Observe the Road Ahead

Perhaps one of the most important parts of avoiding accidents anywhere is to learn what you need to avoid in the first place. Not all accidents are the same, and even if vehicle accidents fall under their own category, not all circumstances lead to the same kinds of accidents. As such, the wise thing to do is not to “avoid” accidents per se, but to do things that reduce the risk of being in one. Part of this is studying and observing where you’re going.

If you plan on being on vacation with your family, it might help to study the place where you’re going. Different countries have different traffic laws, so it might be a helpful idea to get a basic sense of what to expect when going to another country. What sort of special rules are there? Are certain modes of transportation forbidden in certain areas? What’s the word on traffic in the region?

Try to consult a lawyer about how you can interpret certain laws in other countries. A lawyer’s advice and assistance can at least help give you a general idea of what to expect when dealing with the authorities in the country you want to go to.

Speaking of authorities, try to immediately get a hold of relevant hotlines and locations of police stations and hospitals near the place where you’re staying. Keep this information somewhere accessible, such as a piece of paper in your wallet, a notebook, and your gadgets in case of emergencies.

Check and Recheck All Your Logistics

If you’ve done the above, you may pretty much have a general idea of what to expect when you go to your country of choice. This can be a breath of fresh air on your end, as you don’t have to worry about constantly asking around for even the most basic of things such as directions when you have had the information with you all along. However, when you land in your country of choice, perhaps it may help to offer an hour or two to acquaint yourself with your environment.

  • Just how close are your accommodations to the police stations and hospitals you’ve searched? How will you get there?
  • How safe is the traffic compared to what you’ve read in the news or your research? It’s important to have a basic sense of your environment so you can travel around with ease. Check if road signs are understandable, and ask a local for assistance if you don’t understand what something means. It might help to get yourself a tour guide, so they can help acquaint you with the basics of the country’s culture regarding safety and accident prevention.

Understand and Follow Protocol

Try to find ways to understand just how security, accidents, and disasters work in your destination country. Your area right now might have a different approach to accidents than the country of your choice, so if you can research the protocol as to what should be done in these situations, then there might be less hassle on your end. This is especially true since you are foreigners; there might be intricacies with the local laws that you have to learn about.

Decide among your family what to do in case of disasters. Who do you get to communicate with, and where should you go in times of danger? How should the children act if you and/or your partner has been found unconscious? These things might feel excessive right now, but these protocols can be helpful if accidents do happen.

Proper Preparation Is the Key

Family trips abroad can be the perfect way for you and your family to unwind, but this doesn’t mean you should neglect the possibility of accidents happening even if you’re in another country. Your trip to paradise can turn into a disaster without proper preparation, and this kind of preparation extends further than just having an itinerary. Getting to know what to do to avoid vehicle accidents while travelling abroad is something that can save you and your family in the future.

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About the author: Vicki Haskett is a law writing enthusiast who’s had over 25 years of experience in her field. She enjoys sharing her experiences with those who want to learn more about the legal world. In her spare time, she spends quality time with her family and friends.

In a few weeks, you will be moving to a different state because your company promoted you to manage a new branch. You’ll prepare yourself and your things before you say goodbye to the apartment you have lived in for years. You’ve been making sure that all your belongings are in their respective boxes and that you label them accordingly.

As you look at your packed items, you begin to wonder how you going to move those boxes to your new home. Will they all fit in your car? Luckily, moving companies are available to assist you in moving bulky items to a new destination. They provide a variety of services that make a long distance move more convenient.

Preparing for a Long Distance Move

 

Best Moving Companies

Best Moving Companies

Before your move, you need to plan everything. Even if you move is scheduled next month, you still need to prepare to avoid forgetting any items or leaving anything important behind. You can try these steps to prepare you for your long distance move:

  • Organize your belongings. The first step you need to do before you move is to organize all your belongings. You must determine which items are for keeping and which ones are for discarding. You can separate them into two boxes so that it is easier to organize them before you move.
  • Label your boxes. After you determine which items you are going to keep, you can box them all accordingly. You also need to label your boxes correctly. You can eve post pictures of the contents on each box.
  • Set a budget for your move. Most movers fail to create a budget for their move. Although there are those who do create a budget, many fail to stick to it. A moving budget helps you save on unnecessary costs and ensures that you avoid a move that you cannot afford.
  • Find the right moving company. Finally, when you are all ready and packed, you must select a moving company that can cater to your requirements. It is crucial to choose a long distance moving company that has the experience to ensure that your items are moved safely.

How Long Distance Moving Companies Help You

Long distance moving companies can help people who are planning a move transport their bulky items such as heavy boxes, valuables, and furniture. They can help with the packing, loading, transporting, unloading, and unpacking your boxes. Moving companies make a move easier and simpler.

Tips on Finding the Best Moving Companies

Moving to a new state is physically and emotionally stressful, which is why you need all the help you can get. Hiring the best moving company is the most ideal thing you could do to lessen the stress you feel while you move. Now it’s easier than ever to find a moving company; just look online for 9kilo moving companies list. After you’ve checked there, these tips can help speed up your search for a moving company:

  • Do your research. Since there is a long list of possible moving companies you can work with, you need to do your research. You need to narrow down your list to make a faster search. You can narrow down your search to the moving companies near your area.
  • Create an inventory and requirements list. You also need to create a requirements list and a list of all the items that you are planning on moving. The inventory lists down all the items that need to be moved. The requirements list allows the moving company to know which items are fragile. It also includes the details of the move.
  • Ask questions. Asking the right questions helps you determine which movers can meet your requirements. You can ask them about their experience and the type of moves that they handle. You can also inquire about their contact details to ensure that a proper communication exists between you and the company.
  • Moving costs. You must also ask about the cost to move. The moving company can provide a sample quotation of the move, and you can assess whether it fits your budget or not.
  • Insurance. You also need to consider if the moving company has insurance. Having insurance coverage can protect you and your items from the potential damage a move can cause. In case of breakage, your insurance can cover the cost of damages.

Assess whether you are comfortable with entrusting your valuables to the long distance moving company. You have to determine if the moving company can cater to your needs and meet your requirements. Moving to a different state can sometimes be stressful but hiring the best moving company can give you peace of mind.

When you’re parenting and you have a family to manage, not only do you have to worry about education and your overall expenses, but safety is a top priority as well. Regardless of how old your children are, or how many are in the household, accidents can happen anytime, especially on the road. If you like travelling together, or if you like going out of the house to go to places, then keeping your family safe from auto accidents should become your top priority.

While you may already have “things to do” with your family when it comes to keeping your eyes peeled for dangerous things on the road, it’s important to make sure you’re well aware of what you should take note of when it comes to traffic safety. Auto accidents can happen anytime, and it’s best you’re aware of what to do to make your family feel safer and have a more enjoyable time travelling.

According to EHS Today, while travelling via an automobile can be a great source of convenience, it can be a great cause of inconvenience if not properly managed. If you’re the designated driver of the family, it may help to remember that you now carry the responsibility of making sure not just you and your family are safe, but other drivers, other passengers, and other pedestrians are safe on the road as well. This can be overwhelming for some, but not something that is impossible to do.

Research And Study Your Car and Surrounding Traffic

It helps to study the nature of cars and the environment you’re in the same way it can help you ace a quiz if you study. This doesn’t mean you have to transform into a vehicle enthusiast, but rather become someone knowledgeable enough about the car your family owns and the type of traffic in your usual environment. These can at least give you a proper heads up on what to anticipate and which areas to avoid.

Try to make sure you get to know your car well, to the point of knowing how it functions to the letter. If you have its manual with you, try to study it as best you could so you know what to do in times of duress. Just what do specific buttons do, and what do specific lights entail? Having a basic background on these things can help you use your car to its full potential. This especially helps if you identify if there are blind spots in your vehicle with your current setup, so make proper adjustments.

Try to stay up to date with the news, especially if you use your car often with your family to go to places. Even if you use the car just to fetch your kids and take them to school, or if you use your car to go to usual family holidays, make sure you’re up to date with the current traffic situation in the areas where you’re going. If possible, try to check if you have alternate routes available to get to your location without having to go to crowded places or places with heavy traffic.

Observe and Stay Sharp and Alert

As the designated driver, your primary responsibility is to navigate the roads properly. However, this doesn’t mean you have to be aware of everything at once. Perhaps it’s a good idea to make sure everyone has designated roles as passengers, so they stay alert and sharp throughout the trip. Always having an extra pair of eyes can help avoid disaster when there are signs of trouble.

Accidents on the road happen often, and one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents come from drivers driving tired. Tired drivers are dangerous drivers.

 

Don’t fall victim to this and save others around you but managing your fatigue. If you do a lot of driving, do shift work and often finish work late or are planning on going on a long driving holiday, you should read up on these tips to manage your fatigue and tiredness while driving.

Managing fatigue

Managing fatigue

Learn to identify your warning signs for tiredness and make sure you take breaks when driving.

 

When going to places you usually go to, try to ask your children to take note of particular landmarks and places they’re familiar with. This allows all of you to know your way back home by making sure they remember these places, especially if they’re lost. This behavior can develop into a habit, so children can slowly study new places and mark new landmarks so they know what to look for when you go to this destination a second time.

Keep your eyes peeled for anything that is out of the ordinary. Is there a crash? Is there a protest nearby? Is there a construction zone? Make sure everyone is extra alert during these situations, and lock your car doors for safe measure.

Follow and Remember Your Protocol

Before you go anywhere, always try to make sure everyone in the car knows exactly what to do in times of emergency. No one knows what will happen if accidents occur, and as such everyone should be aware of what their roles are should they find themselves in an accident.

  • If children wake up after an accident, what emergency hotlines should they call and how should they introduce themselves?
  • If either you and your partner have become unconscious, what is the plan for the children? Who should they call, approach, and go to?
  • If ou all found yourself safe and sound, what should be the next course of action?

There’s Always More You Can Do to Prepare

The top things to do above to help keep your family safe from auto accidents aren’t the only things to do to alleviate your concerns about family safety. However, these are things you can do in conjunction with your own safety habits to ensure you have all your bases covered when it comes to vehicular safety. Being extra prepared can go a long way, especially if the extra time you’d allot at the moment means less time and expenses for bills due to the avoidance of accidents.