Fireworks, barbecues, family, friends, lakes, rivers and an all-around great time are in store for the upcoming July 4th holiday and you can bet the roadways will be extremely busy as we all head to our destinations. While most cautions this time of year are focused on firework safety and the dangers of wildfires, you might be surprised to learn that the July 4th holiday is the deadliest for auto crashes.
If you have recently taken a defensive driving course in Texas you might remember some of the safety tips for planning a road trip and holiday travel. We have put together a few words of advice that might help you and your loved ones on the road arrive to your destination safe and sound.
Before you Begin a Road Trip:
- Check to ensure that the vehicle has been properly maintained.
- Check the air conditioner, tire pressure, tire tread, and engine coolant.
- Fill up with fuel
- Plan your trip route to avoid busy intersections, highways construction and rush hour traffic
- Pack the car and double check to make sure all luggage is secure so it does not become a distraction or hazard later on.
On the Road Safety Tips:
- Try to avoid driving at dusk or dawn so the sun does not hinder your ability to drive
- Stay alert and focused on the driving task especially if driving while July 4th fireworks are lighting up the sky
- Remember to take breaks often (every 2 hours is recommended) to stretch your legs, grab a drink or snack and hit the road again.
- Allow yourself more than enough time to reach your destination. Being rushed or weaving in and out of traffic will only cause you and other drivers to become more aggressive on the road. Also with July 4th being a busy travel time, lots of people on the roads.
- Do not drink alcohol while driving! Even though it is a holiday, the drink can wait!
Once you have arrived at your destination for July 4th festivities, it is time to kick off your shoes and have a great time with the people you care about.
With July 4th being on a Friday this year, there will be tons of parties and festivities planned this long weekend. Be sure to stay focused when driving and actively practice driving defensively. Don’t let a traffic ticket or jail time ruin your July 4th holiday!
Stay safe out there!