While spring break can make for some of the most memorable and fun times of your college experience, it can also be one of the most dangerous weeks in the life of a college student. With this expected to be the most anticipated spring break in over two years, Phi Delta Theta encourages you to prioritize the safety of yourself and your brothers. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you travel.
Whether you are headed on a long road trip, or just driving to the airport, remember to practice safe driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 31,720 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes from January through September 2021, an increase of approximately 12 percent from the 28,325 fatalities projected in the first nine months of 2020.
Be cautious of distractions, especially if you have a packed van of brothers with you. Never drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and be sure to keep your phone out of reach when you’re behind the wheel.
Be aware of your surroundings
Traveling to an unfamiliar place can have dangers of its own. Be aware of your surroundings when you leave your hotel room. Do research and familiarize yourself with the area before traveling to your destination. Lastly, lock the doors to your hotel room to prevent theft and break-ins.
Use the buddy system
When you travel with a large group in an unfamiliar place, it can be easy to lose track of people. The best way to avoid losing your group is by always having a buddy. Before you leave town, download the Find My Friends app so you can always keep track of each other.
Be aware of the difference between a buddy and someone you just met. Never allow yourself to be alone with a stranger and do not give them personal information or bring them back to your hotel.
Be careful what you post online
Doing something risky on social media may seem like a clever idea at the time, but it is never a good idea. As a college student, you are preparing for the professional world, so do not post inappropriate photos that can come back to haunt you. Remember that you are always representing yourself, your family, your school, and Phi Delta Theta, even on vacation.
Do what ought to be done
If you keep the values of Phi Delta Theta in mind every moment of your vacation, you can’t go wrong. When you are in a situation that calls for action, step up and be the man who takes responsibility. At the end of the day, as you’ve heard repeatedly, do what ought to be done so that you can have positive memories to look back on for years to come.
Don’t tarnish the badge
Phi Delta Theta is a values-based organization committed to promoting a culture of responsibility in our chapters and remains vigilant in protecting the safety of members. Have fun, but always be your brother’s keeper.