Federal Agencies Can Help
Several federal agencies offer advice and information on the Internet that can help insure you have a safe trip. For advice on:
- Airline, highway, and rail safety information- Check out the U.S. Department of Transportation. Look up crash-safety reports on cars or find out how weather is affecting air travel and road conditions.
- Safe travel by air, land and sea- Contact the Transportation Security Administration. They post tips on dealing with airline security checks, traveling with kids, and warnings on prohibited items.
- What to do before, during, and when you return from a trip overseas - Visit the U.S. Department of State. You can also get warnings on locations to avoid and what to do in an overseas emergency.
- Health-related travel information - Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research vaccination requirements, find information on how to avoid illnesses caused by food and water, and review inspection scores on specific cruise ships.
Check Bus Safety Records
Some travelers have turned to commercial buses as an inexpensive option for traveling long distances. Before planning a trip on a commercial bus or hired motorcoach, you should research the company’s record. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recommends that you contact the company and ask these questions:
- Do the drivers hold valid Commercial Driver’s Licenses with a “passenger” endorsement?
- Does the company comply with the Department of Transportation’s drug and alcohol testing requirements for drivers?
- Does the company conduct safety inspections of their buses?
You can find more information on interstate travel safety and use the FMCSA’s bus safety database. If you would like to file a safety complaint call 1-888-368-7238.