Tips For Driving Safely During the 4th of July
Every year during our nations annual celebration of "Independence Day" (more commonly known as the 4th of July) first responders are put on high alert. Drivers should use extra precaution as well to avoid traffic accidents. We urge people to limit their driving during this weekend and stay at their destination upon arrival. In addition, there are several ways to help keep everyone safe while traveling during this celebration.
Here are some tips to maintain a safe holiday weekend:
- Avoid driving at night and during the 4th as much as possible (there is an estimated 200 traffic deaths across the nation during this holiday and is the worst day of the year for fatal crashes according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety)
- Take extra time looking for clearings in intersections and traffic lights. Since speeding is at an all time high during this time of year it is always a good idea to look out for people who are running red lights or blowing through stop signs.
- Use extra precaution when driving a boat as well. This weekend draws a lot of traffic to the water, so be careful if you are taking your boat to the lake. According to the U.S Coast Guard a majority of boating incidents yearly account for accidents that occur during this holiday.
- Allow for extra following distance between the car in front of you. Since there are more travelers on the road there is a higher likelihood for back ups and stop-and-go traffic. Be sure to prepare for sudden stops in traffic on the highway or major roadways.
- Conduct a 360 degree check around your vehicle. Check your vehicle for proper tire inflation as well as oil and coolant levels. Also, if you are traveling far it is always a good idea to make sure all of your lights and signals are working properly.
- Wear your seat belt! It is always a good idea to wear your seat belt and this is especially important when driving during the holidays. Seat belts do save lives!
- Be alert! Make sure to watch out for motorcyclists, bikers and pedestrians as more people will be outside in neighborhoods. Parades and block parties draw larger foot traffic, so be sure to watch out and drive slower in town.
All Star hopes that everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend. Please be responsible and don't drink and drive!