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Posted on 07/14/2011, by Jeremy Edsall

Travel Safety Tips for Teens

If your teen child is taking a trip without you, both you and your child must keep safety in mind to avoid problems while he/she is away. Before the trip, review your insurance coverages and involve your child in this process. Then, make sure your child is aware of all the contact information needed to file a claim or receive assistance, whether it is using Automobile or Health Insurance. Give this flyer to your teen for more information on other safety tips.

Teen Travel Safety Guidelines

Automobile Insurance Considerations:
§  Always have your insurance ID card, title and registration in your vehicle at all times.
§  If you have an accident, call 9-1-1 for emergencies or the police for non-emergencies. Then, call your parents. Get the insurance information from everyone involved in the accident and provide your information to them as well.
§  Do not allow other drivers to convince you not to file an insurance claim if you are in an accident. Tell them to contact your parents to discuss it further.
§  Take pictures of the scene of an accident, including the vehicles and people involved.
§  Get a copy of the police report from the accident.

Health Insurance Considerations:
§  Keep your insurance ID card, a list of drug allergies and a list of medications that you are currently taking with you at all times.
§  If you need urgent or emergency care, go to an ER immediately. Have a friend contact your parents.
§  If you need medical care but it is not an emergency, contact your insurance company to find a local physician. After being treated, keep all of your paperwork from the hospital, doctor’s office and /or pharmacy. Write down the name of the treating physician in case you need follow-up care from your own doctor.

International Travel Considerations:
§  Since your own health and automobile insurance will generally not be accepted outside of the United States, contact your insurance company to obtain coverage while you are away. Short-term travel insurance is available to protect against losses.

We want everyone to be protected, whether at home or away. Contact us today to learn about all the ways we help you to protect what matters most.

Getting hurt or sick while you’re away from home can be extremely scary. Ask your parent to help you become fully prepared with all the coverage and safety tools that you need. This will give both of you peace of mind, hopefully increasing the enjoyment of your vacation.

This is for informational purposes only and is not intended as professional advice. Content © 2009 Zywave, Inc.

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