Friday, 27 December 2013

How to have a safe holiday?

Between the hustle and bustle of Christmas and arrival of winter, you may need to be aware of the safety problems the season brings. The weather begins to get chilly, you have to spend more time driving, and the pressures of socializing can also get burdensome!
Below are a few holiday safety tips for San Mateo citizens to make sure the season is safe for you and your loved ones.

Shopping safety:

Christmas is the time for celebration. Malls are packed with gift displays, luring shoppers to buy more than they can carry. Here are some helpful tips that need to be kept in mind during shopping.
Ø  Stay aware of the surroundings around you.
Ø  Park in a well-lit area, near the locked car
Ø  Never carry too much cash. Pay with credit cards when possible.
Ø  Do not get overburdened with packages
Ø  Another important suggestion is to hire a yellow cab to travel for shopping. Using a reputed transportation provider ensures that you are safe during your journey, especially if you have kids.

Pet safety:

Pets need a lot of attention during the holidays. Holiday decorations and cold weather can bring new set of issues. For instance, cats get extremely vulnerable to ice and snow and have to be kept inside at all times. Dogs, on the other hand, can be taken for supervised walks but should also remain indoors most of the time. Holiday decoration is also threatening for the animals if they chew on them.

Vacation safety:

Most people are homeward bound during the holidays. Hence, it’s only obvious that they will be targeted by opportunistic burglars. Here are some tips that must be followed:
Ø  Never publicize your vacations ahead of time.
Ø  In case your house will remain vacant, request San Mateo authorities to drive by your house once in a while to keep an eye.  
Ø  Stop any deliveries of newspapers and mail or ask a friend to collect them when you’re gone.
Ø  Make sure you leave information about where you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Ø  Allow your neighbor to use your garbage can occasionally.
Ø  Never leave the lights on for 24 hours a day.
Ø  Turn the telephone bell down to low.

Staying safe while socializing:

Parties and lunches are the order of the season. Hence, it’s only natural that you will indulge in some drinking with friends and co-workers. To avoid drinking and driving it is best to call a cab. San Mateo boasts of several cab companies that operate twenty four hours during the holidays. Most of these providers are known to be safe as they offer trained drivers, on constant surveillance.

Tips for Visitors

If you’re visiting San Mateo County for the holidays make sure you’re aware of the traffic and drinking laws of the county. Also, when it comes to travel, authorities suggest hiring a cab or using public transportation to be on the safer side. Apart from this, being aware of your surroundings at all times and never traveling alone at night is advised.
San Mateo has a committed work force that is known for its organizational style, professionalism, and responsiveness. They offer excellent public facilities and make sure citizens and tourists are safe all year round. The authorities are particularly vigilant during the holidays. Hence, the rate of crime is much lower. However, to stay on the safer side, it is best to use yellow cabs instead of personal vehicles and also avoid driving when drunk. It is also a good idea to stay patient and alert so that no one in the family gets injured or hurt.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Driving Around San Mateo during the holidays

None of us like to think about our own mortality, but if we don't drive safe then there is a real chance that we might get injured or hurt someone else. Holidays are particularly the time when people become careless. Apart from increasing their chances of crashing, they also run the risk of getting a hefty fine that might put a serious dent in the holiday spending and enjoyment.
The following tips can help the citizens of San Mateo in staying safe during the festive season.

Avoiding driving alone or at night:

There are a lot of burglars and drunkards wandering the streets at night. Hence, it is best to travel with a companion. People who travel alone are usually susceptible to robbery. It is also advisable to keep all car doors and windows locked while moving in or out of the car. Setting the alarm or using an anti-theft device is a good idea.

Avoiding Drinking and driving:

Holidays are all about get-togethers and parties. It is only obvious that one may have a couple of drinks while socializing with loved ones. Here are some facts that need to be kept in mind:

How many drinks can a person have to stay under 0.05?

In general
Ø  Men can drink 2 standard drinks in an hour and then one drink every hour after the first hour.
Ø  Women can drink 1 standard drink in an hour and one in every hour after the first hour.
Drinking and driving is a complete ‘no no’. Hence, the best way to deal with this situation is to hire a taxi. Several yellow taxi providers offer 24 hour service during the holidays. In fact, they make sure there is no wait time so that clients do not have to waste a minute.
However, when waiting for the taxi to arrive, it is a good practice to keep a secure hold on one’s belongings.

Planning ahead

If planning to travel from one city to another. It is best to:
Ø  Have rest stops in a couple of hours
Ø  Plan not to speed but spare extra time for any delays
Ø  Arrange some fun activities for the kids during the trip
People who decide to travel by their own vehicles must check the condition of their automobile to make sure it’s in tip-top condition. Before taking a trip, it is advised to book the vehicle in for a complete safety check by a decent mechanic. It is also a good idea to run the vehicle through the following checklist:
Ø  All lights (including brake lights, indicators and headlights) should be working
Ø  Wipers, horn and washers should operate properly
Ø  The brake and clutch should work properly
Ø  The hoses and cooling system must work properly
Ø  The oil levels must be correct
Ø  Tires must be inflated to the pressure specific for the vehicle.
During peak holiday seasons, such as December, it's important for drivers to stay calm and patient, as extra traffic is imminent. Keeping extra time to reach a destination is a good idea. In fact, it's better to get late than to not arrive at all. It is foolish to speed to arrive early. It is also a better idea to hire a taxi instead. These cabs are driven by professionals who know the best and shortest routs around the county and are also reliable when it comes to driving safely. There are several companies in San Mateo County that offer such services at great rates even during the holidays. Their services can be used when one wants to go shopping, visit a loved one, attend a party or simply travel from one city to another. Most of these providers also have an online booking system through which cabs can be booked before hand for set dates.