From patriotic parties, picnics, and fireworks to spending long, beautiful days at the beach, the month of July brings along the ultimate summer vibe. Even so, July is known as one of the most dangerous months of the year as much as road accidents are concerned.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, this month records the largest number of drunken driving fatalities in the year.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognizes the 4th of July as one of the most dangerous days to be on the road. This is why:
- There are more vehicles on the road than usual
- Many drivers are driving along new areas which are beyond their regular routes
- Most people have partying and drinking throughout the day
- More drivers are using their cell phones as they drive
- Everybody is exhausted from a long day of enjoyment and fun
That said, you do not have to be part of the statistics. It is crucial to be incredibly defensive while on the road during this time to avoid running your life, that of your loved ones, and other motorists on the highway. Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the 4th of July.
Inspect Your Vehicle Beforehand and Ensure It Is Roadworthy
Get your car tune-up, check the tire pressure, tread and alignment, inspect the fluid and oil levels, test your batteries and check the lights.
Do Not Drink and Drive
You probably hear this every day, "driving under impaired judgment from alcohol is not only illegal but also downright dangerous to you, your passengers, and other road users." If you plan on drinking, have a designated driver by your side or call a cab to get you home safely.
Be on The Look Out When Approaching Intersections
Always remember that you are probably the only sober driver on the road. Be extra vigilant when getting to an intersection and look out for vehicle's coming from crossroads or streets,
Always Fasten Your Safety Belt
Buckling up can go a long way when it comes to saving lives in an accident. Yet, most drivers tend to overlook its importance, especially during the festive seasons.
When driving home on the 4th of July, act like your life depends on undistracted, defensive driving-because it does. If you need car service or repair, do not hesitate to contact us or visit our auto shop today.