You don’t have to think hard to realize that the current pandemic has affected the travel industry…well, a lot. The travel industry has had to evolve into something completely different to be able to provide services during such a strange time. But now, more than ever, it is important for the travel industry to provide the best service possible to help keep people safe. Here are some things to consider about how you can offer the best service possible.
Put Safety First
You can never go wrong putting safety first. It can help reduce the effects of the pandemic on your customers and increase the number of your customers. Those who would feel unsafe otherwise will travel more if they know proper safety precautions are taking place.
Putting safety first comes in a variety of forms. If you offer a physical service, it looks like cleaning frequently. It also helps to publish how you are cleaning adequately so potential customers know what you are doing to keep them safe. Also, by offering short term cancellations, you reduce the number of people who would travel even when they are feeling ill just to get their money’s worth. This shows your customers that their safety is your priority.
Customers are getting slammed by information every day. This makes communication even more important. Your customers need to be able to communicate with you as quickly, personally, and clearly as possible. Using a messaging platform can provide your customers with immediate access to important travel information. Providing information that is frequently updated on a website can help them to be in the loop with travel restrictions and public health concerns. Remember as you communicate with your customers to listen for their needs, be open and honest about what you can do, and provide as much information as possible.
Life in the pandemic is complicated, and there’s new information about it every day. Yes, it is important to communicate with your customers well and to put their safety first. But the only way you can do that is by staying updated with the current state of the world. Look into what tips you can give your customers to stay safe on a trip, check every day what places are open to travel to, understand how different industries are responding to the pandemic, and stay up to date on current public health suggestions.
Travel is more important than ever so that we can connect again, but it’s also harder than ever for your customers. Help them by offering the best service possible. We could all use more safety, communication, and information, and you can offer that for your customers.
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Summer is upon us, and with everyone going a little crazy from being cooped up for months, a road trip might be just what the doctor ordered. You can easily social distance from others in your car and enjoy the freedom of being somewhere other than the four walls of your home. It's important to travel safely when you go. In order to make sure your trip is as safe as possible, there are a few things you should make sure you do.
Prepare Your Car for the Road
Before you even get going you need to make sure your car is up to making the trip. You can take your car to your mechanic to get checked out, or you can do some basic car inspections yourself. You should make sure your windshield and windows are in good condition. Cracks in your windshield can easily expand in the heat. They'll need to be taken care of quickly or they'll likely get worse. Check your fluids and top them off if needed. You should also make sure your tires are in good condition with plenty of tread.
Take Plenty of Breaks
Driving can be monotonous, especially on long stretches of freeway. This can be dangerous since it becomes easy for the mind to wander and for drivers to doze off. You can combat this by making sure you take plenty of breaks between long stretches of driving. During these breaks you can do some quick exercises, walk around for a bit, or stretch. The goal is to get your blood moving and to help you stay alert.
Pack the Essentials
One of the most important parts of staying safe is making sure you're prepared for emergency situations. Summer brings important considerations that you'll need to take into account such as hot conditions and the potential for insect bites and stings. When taking a summer road trip, you should make sure you take plenty of water for everyone traveling with you. Road-friendly snacks are a must. You'll also want to make sure you have a well-supplied first aid kit that can handle minor injuries. These supplies will help ensure you're prepared if things don't go smoothly.
Many people are itching to get out and go places, and who can blame them? Most people don't like being confined to one building, limited to the occasional shopping trip. If you're dying to go on a road trip for a change of scenery, make sure you do so safely. Make sure your car is in good working order, take plenty of breaks, and make sure you pack extra supplies in case of an emergency. Have fun, and be safe!
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A little planning will ensure your next road trip with one or more children will be happy and safe, no matter where you’re going. Enjoy your road trip with the family using these seven tips, and you will all be safer and happier - and you and your kids may even have fun along the way!
(BPT) - Whether the length of your drive is three hours or 30 minutes, it can seem an eternity with a bored child in the car. A little planning will ensure your next road trip with one or more children will be happy and safe, no matter where you’re going.
Here's how you and your kids can stay safe and enjoy the journey almost as much as the destination.
1. Factor in time for pit stops
Don’t try to crush a several-hour driving marathon to get there quickly. Children need frequent breaks to use the restroom, have a healthy meal — and release their pent-up energy. Look for signs of restlessness and stop before kids get too out of sorts.
When you stop, find a safe spot where your kids can stretch their legs and run around a little. If they’re sluggish, organize a quick game of tag or catch, or encourage them to do a jumping-jack competition.
If frequent stops are making you later than expected, call ahead to let people know you’re off schedule. Better to take your time and arrive safe and happy.
2. Make sure kids stay buckled up, the whole time
Help keep your kids safe by making sure your child is buckled up every time, for every ride. As older kids get restless, they may unbuckle themselves during a long drive. Make sure you’re checking periodically throughout the trip, not just when you first pull out of the driveway. After every rest stop or meal, ensure kids are buckled up before you head back on the road.
3. Bring games — and dust off your creativity
Age-appropriate hand-held games and books can be good diversions for your children on long trips. Find audiobooks the whole family can listen to during the trip.
Recall games you played during road trips with your parents. Did you spot license plates from different states? Say a certain word when you saw an animal or certain type of car? How about a game of I Spy? Start a guessing game like 20 Questions, or use yes-or-no questions to guess a famous person one of you thinks up. Stock up on knock-knock jokes or silly riddles to keep kids engaged with you and each other.
4. Keep kids under 13 in the back seat
No matter how long your trip is, children under 13 should never sit up front, for their own safety. Car safety standards and features, like air bags, are developed and tested with adult bodies in mind. Air bags can be inflated at speeds of up to 200 to 400 mph, and because kids’ bodies are still developing, they are safest in the back seat. Additionally, most crashes impact the front of the car, and the back seat is farthest from this impact.
5. Pack healthy snacks
Make sure each child has a refillable water bottle for the journey, plus healthy snacks they enjoy, like fruit, cheese sticks or yogurt. Choose age-appropriate snacks that won't be a choking hazard, so you can focus on the road.
6. Bundle up safely
For the best protection in a car seat, your child's harness should fit snugly. A bulky coat can create extra space between the child and their harness, increasing risk of injury in a crash. To keep your child safe and warm on the ride, dress your child in a lighter jacket and place a blanket over the harness if needed.
7. Before you go: Check that they’re in the right seat
A car crash can happen anywhere, anytime — so the right car seat for your children’s age and size is always important. Any upcoming road trip can be a good reminder to double-check that they’re in the right seat for their safety — and that it’s installed correctly.
Enter your child’s age, weight and height at NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat to check if they’re in the right seat. On the website you can also get installation tips and find a location near you where a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician can help you check the seat’s installation.
Enjoy your road trip with the family using these tips, and you’ll all be safer and happier. Trips like these can be memorable for all the right reasons, and you and your kids may even have fun along the way.
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