With the Fourth of July holiday drawing near, chances are that freeways will be clogged again with weekend vacation traffic. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) more than 40 million people will travel at least 50 miles to a destination, with a majority doing so by car.
If you are looking to take the entire week off in order to avoid holiday traffic, you may already have company. With the holiday being on a Tuesday, many people intend to make it a long holiday weekend by leaving on Friday. As such, the weekend poses a genuine threat to drivers given then large number of distracted drivers, drowsy drivers, and of course, drunk drivers on the road. In fact, the Fourth of July holiday is widely regarded as the dangerous holiday driving period; likely second to only New Year’s Eve.
Despite these hazards, drivers can do a number of things to stay safe. This post will highlight them.
Avoid aggressive driving – If you have to slog through slow traffic to get to your destination, just go with the flow. Tailgating, speeding and aggressive lane changes often lead to accidents.
Put down the cell phone – The directional apps we enjoy may keep us from getting lost, but they may take your attention away from the road.
Wear your seatbelt –State law requires that all occupants in a car wear their seatbelts. Countless statistics show how they save lives, but still many don’t use them.
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