If you haven’t noticed yet, we are enjoying some fuel prices that we haven’t seen in a while. And though that is good news, it does have at least one downside…people are going to take advantage of the lower fuel prices and drive more.

At Thanksgiving, we saw an increase in people traveling to see family and friends, and we’ll most definitely see the same for Christmas.

If and when you leave home for an extended period of time, do what you can to protect your home in your absence. Try to have a trusted friend or family member watch over the residence, and maybe park an extra car in the driveway. Make it look like someone is there.

Lights being left on are an old trick used to make the house look occupied. Timers can easily be set up to turn your lights on and off.

Don’t advertise your vacation on social media. We would like to think that all of the people on our “Friends List” on Facebook are trustworthy, but that’s not always the case. Be very careful with whom you let know about your planned time away.

Don’t forget to request a hold on your mail while you’re gone. USPS has made it very easy to go online to do this.

If you do hit the road this holiday season, please remember that it may be crowded and crazy, but everybody else out there probably has the same plans as you. Take it slow, be courteous, and make it to your destination safely.

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