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Spring Break Safety Tips

A week of vacation from college during the months of March and April is a long-established tradition. While spring break may provide a break from academics, often time’s adolescents and young adults take this time to drink, party, and experiment with drugs. It is important to stay safe and understand the repercussions that may be associated with these potentially dangerous activities. Below, find safety tips to stay safe and have fun during this upcoming spring break:

Driving Tips:

  • Take turns driving. Rotating drivers can help keep everyone rested and aware of their surroundings
  • The person sitting in the passenger seat should stay awake to keep the driver company and alert – two drivers are better than one.
  • Make sure all people driving the vehicle have a copy of their driver’s license and proof of insurance before driving off.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight when leaving the car. Lock items in the trunk before reaching your destination.
  • Never get in the car with someone you suspect may be intoxicated; there is always a safer alternative

At ATM’s:

  • Try to go to the ATM in groups
  • When approaching the ATM, be sure to scan all of your surroundings and make sure you feel safe before you approach the machine

While Drinking:

  • Always keep an eye on your drink. If you go to the bathroom, take your drink with you.
  • Do not drink and drive. This is always avoidable.
  • Avoid binge drinking.
  • Eat before drinking. Drinking on an empty stomach can cause alcohol to affect you much faster.

At the Beach:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Use waterproof sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and reapply often.
  • Know the flag system for water safety:
    • Red flag – stay out of water due to strong undertow and riptides
    • Yellow flag – use caution in the water. There is possibility of undertow and riptides
    • Blue flag – calm water, swim safely

 

Learn more spring break safety tips here.