Driving on the 4th of July
It is estimated that when driving on the 4th of July holiday weekend, about 37.5 million Americans will be hitting the roads. The more travelers on the road means an increased chances of accident. It is important to be extra aware while driving on the day surrounding this holiday – be aware of vehicles on the shoulder with flat tires, lockouts, or dead batteries, and be cautious of other drivers to avoid accidents. See below for a list of recommended do’s and don’ts in preparation for holiday travel.
- Get Your Vehicle Checked for Maintenance Before Road Tripping – If you are planning to hit the road for the holiday weekend by car, it is recommended to get all the crucial maintenance checks done beforehand. Little details like getting your oil levels checked, battery and tire changes and tire pressure checks, etc. can reduce your chances of either getting in an accident or getting stuck on the side of the road.
- Wear a Seatbelt – Make sure that not only you, but also your co-passengers are wearing a seatbelt throughout the drive. It is very important to be safe with so many extra travelers on the road. If there are kids driving along you, make sure that they are seated in the correct position per their height and weight so that they do not get hurt in case of accident.
- Drive Mindfully – Be very alert while driving on this day, and the days around it, and be prepared for anything that comes your way. Be cautious of both your own driving as well as the driving of those around you.
- Don’t Drink and Drive – If you do not wish to turn the celebratory spirit of the holiday into a tragic one, then do not drink and drive on the road. Drunk driving crashes are one of the major causes of deaths on the Independence Day holiday in America as per the records of the previous years. Always drive sober to ensure the safety of everyone in your vehicle. If you will be drinking, have a back-up plan. Set a designated driver, or use either public transportation or a cab.
- Be Cautious with your Cell Phone While Driving – You must not take the risk of texting while driving. Texting or looking your cell phone while driving is a major distraction, and one of the most rapidly increasing cause of accidents on the road today.
- Don’t Speed – You are more likely to meet with an accident due to an increased car speed that surpasses the limit set up under the traffic regulations. Make sure that your speed limit is in check, as it gives you a better control over your brakes in case you need to stop quick.
Other than these factors, fireworks are also a common cause of injury during the Independence Day weekend – there were estimated over 11,000 fireworks-related injuries in 2016 alone! Auto accidents top the number of injuries even than this though. We almost always feel safe in our cars – it’s important to still remain vigilant and cautious, especially when driving on a holiday like this. Have a safe and fun holiday!