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To say that the new years, and the holidays more generally, can be a stressful time for people would be an understatement. Traveling, gift-buying, and social situations with family members are all things that can contribute to stress during the holidays. At PLR, we want you to have the best holiday season possible! Here are a few tips to help you survive the holiday season.

1. Stay Alert When Traveling

While this one seems like a no-brainer, many accidents during the holidays are caused by plain old not paying attention. There are LOTS of people traveling during the holidays, and because of this, it is important to stay even more alert than normal when driving.

If you’re leaving early, make sure that you get plenty of the sleep the night before.

If you’re traveling with multiple people, swapping out driving duties with a passenger can also help keep you alert.

If you’re traveling on new years eve, be extra cautious, as drunk driving incidents are more likely.

Lastly, make sure all of the vehicles that you are traveling in are insured. A surprising number of people drive uninsured, and that can cause issues if you find yourself in an accident. If you find yourself in a bind and need to an insure a vehicle, just fill out this form from PLR and one of our amazing agents will be in touch.

2. Be Cautious When Preparing Meals

With the chaos of new years, it can be easy to get distracted when preparing a meal. Despite this, it’s important to follow standard safety steps. Wash your hands, use a timer, and--if possible--have a buddy help with all meal preparation. In addition, according to the USAF, cooking is the top cause of holiday fires (with candles and holiday lights also being major contributors!).

Because accidents can happen, it’s important to make sure that your residence is insured. For help with getting house insurance set up, fill out this house insurance form.

3. Protect Your Residence When Traveling

Home burglaries increase during the holiday season, so it’s important to protect your belongings, especially when traveling. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, consider getting a home monitoring system. Also, leave a clearly visible light on so that it appears as if someone is home. Have a friend come by every day to get your mail and check on your residence. Lastly, people who live in apartments can be especially vulnerable to burglaries. If you live in an apartment and want to protect your possessions, you should consider renters insurance through PLR!

As you can see from this list, there are a lot of things that can go wrong during the holiday season--and we barely scratched the surface! Contact PLR today and let us worry about the little stuff so that you can worry about the big stuff!   

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