July 4th is one of the deadliest days of the year to drive. If you’re driving during this holiday period, we compiled a list of safe driving tips to keep you and your family safe.
Car accidents traditionally increase during the summer months, especially during the holidays when alcohol and long road trips are involved. When many people think of the Fourth of July, they think of America’s independence, cookouts, road trips and fireworks. What most people don’t think of is road safety.
8 Tips for Safe Driving:
- Check your tires. Check your tire pressure before you leave for a road trip. Low tire levels can potentially reduce fuel efficiency, as well as cause a safety issue.
- Check your car’s battery. If it has been a few years since you replaced your car battery, you might want to do so before you leave for your Fourth of July vacation. If your car battery is old, toss the jumper cables in the trunk before you leave.
- Turn on your lights. Check your headlights, taillights and turn signals before you start a trip.
- Don’t be distracted. Set destinations ahead of time with navigation apps and avoid using your device while driving.
- Pack a first aid kit and roadside assistance kit. Pack a cooler of water, flashlight, non-perishable food and extra batteries. Make sure your cell phone has enough charge, and bring your phone’s charger or extra battery along – just in case.
- Don’t drink and drive. Whether you are at a cookout close to home or traveling to see fireworks, drinking and driving don’t mix.
- Buckle up. Wearing seat belts every time is the easiest way to help keep you and your family safe in the event of an accident.
- Watch your speed. State and local police officers will be out in full force during the Fourth of July week. Watch the local speed limits and keep a safe distance from the cars in front of you.
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