The Fourth of July is typically one of the busiest travel times of the year, as many people use the holiday for extended trips. The holiday brings people together for celebrations, fireworks, parades, cookouts, concerts, baseball games and more! With all of the activities going on, sometimes travelers forget the importance of safe driving.
Here are a five tips to keep your Fourth of July safe and just the way you planned it.
Buckle up - Seat belts save lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. Make sure to buckle up and secure your infants and children properly in their car/booster seats.
Don’t drink and drive - Drinking alcohol slows reaction time and impairs judgment and coordination. The more alcohol consumed, the greater the impairment. If you drink and have to travel, make sure to have a designated driver.
Observe speed limits - You will be sharing the road with thousands of other travelers, road construction and possible rain and thunderstorms. Slow down and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
Stay alert - Take a break if you are feeling drowsy by taking advantage of rest stops. And don’t forget to drive defensively and keep your eyes on the road.
Put the distractions away - Don’t talk on your cell phone while driving; don’t text while driving and program your GPS prior to leaving. In-car distractions diminish your reaction times when you need them most.
All of us at DGL wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July!