Travel Safety

On the Road

  • Be aware of your surroundings and never advertise your plans to strangers; this includes travel routes and the amount of cash you are carrying.
  • Do not stop to offer help to a stranded motorist. Go to the nearest phone booth and call for assistance.
  • If you suspect someone is following you, drive to the nearest service station, restaurant or business and call the police or sheriff. If you believe it is unsafe to get out of your car, sound your horn and flash your lights to draw attention.
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood and attach a white flag to the antenna. if someone stops to help, it is advisable that you stay in your locked car and ask them to call the police or sheriff or a tow service. if you must abandon your car, keep all passengers together.
  • Keep a record of traveler's check numbers and your credit card numbers in a safe place. Have the telephone numbers to call in case your checks or credit cards are lost or stolen.
  • Never carry large amounts of cash; use traveler's checks. if you must carry large sums of money, do not display it openly.


  • Ask for directions at a hotel/motel on how to get to those attractions you want to visit.
  • Ask if there are any areas in town you should avoid. Stick to well-lit main streets and public areas.
  • If older children go off separately, be sure they understand the importance of keeping track of time and returning promptly at appointed hours.
  • Looking lost (stopping and looking at addresses or staring at street signs) may make you look like an easy target for crime. If you do get lost, find an open business and ask for directions.
  • Only carry with you the cash you will need, and only small denominations.
  • Select tour guides carefully.
  • Remember: Planning reduces your chances of becoming the victim of a crime.