Silver car driving down dark, rainy road.
November 24, 2015 | by The Polyclinic

Gone are the longer days of sunshine and clear skies. Stay safe this fall and winter with these tips from The Polyclinic.

Be prepared for weather that can change often.

Make sure to service your car, checking the radiator, antifreeze level and tire tread. Keep an emergency kit in your car with food, water, first aid supplies, flashlight and batteries.

Keep your cell phone charged.

Cell phones don’t help in an emergency if they are dead. Keep an extra charger at your desk or in your car to ensure you can always keep full power.

Keep your head up.

When walking to your car, keep your head up and alert. Have your keys ready and avoid checking your cell phone in route. Try to avoid walking alone and ask a friend or coworker to walk with you to your car.

Choose well-lit routes.

It gets darker earlier in the day. Walking where there is more light will help you avoid leaves that become slippery when wet and uneven sidewalks. Choosing well-lit and heavily traveled routes will also make you less of a target of unsolicited crime.

Don’t post your travel plans on social media.

Avoid announcing holiday travel plans on Facebook or social channels. Once you post information, it’s no longer private, even when messaging friends and family. In less than 60 seconds, thieves can break into your house, and spend less than 10 minutes to steal your possessions, according to Safe Wise.

Check your smoke detector.

Use the time change in the fall and spring as a reminder to change out batteries.

Lock your car and roll up the windows.

As the holiday season approaches there is typically an increase in vehicle prowls and car thefts. Don't leave any valuable items, electronics or money in the car - take them with you. This will reduce the chances of your vehicle becoming a target.