July 4th traffic named deadliest: 4 tips to stay safe

Are you hitting the road for a weekend Independence Day celebration? You’re not alone. 43 million Americans are estimated to travel at least 50 miles from home this Fourth of July weekend. The amount of traffic is expected to break records, with the lowest gas prices available since 2005. More travelers on the road brings more opportunities for accidents. That’s why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has determined that Independence Day is the deadliest day for traffic accidents. An average of 118.4 people died on July 4th crashes from 2010-2014.

How can you and your loved ones stay safe this holiday weekend?

1. Prevention is key. When was the last time you had your oil changed? Your tire air pressure checked? Your coolant levels monitored? Left unchecked, all of these things can spell disaster on the road. Do yourself a favor and take your car into a mechanic for a once over before hitting the highway.

2. Stay focused. It’s tempting to zone out on long car trips, especially if you’ve got a good podcast or album playing. With kids in the back, it can be even tougher to keep your eyes – and mind – on the road. It sounds like common sense, but have your co-pilot take over DJing and negotiating with backseat passengers. That will leave you prepared for anything that might happen on the road.

3. Increase your following distance. Remember to use the three-second rule to maintain a safe distance from the cars in front of you. Need a reminder on how to use that rule? Select a landmark in the distance, maybe a billboard or a large tree, and begin counting once the car in front of you passes it. If you reach the landmark within three seconds, you need to pump the breaks and give the car in front of you more room for error.

4. Rest up. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Be sure to get a full night’s sleep before any long road trips, and switch off drivers if you start feeling tired. Don’t rely on caffeine to keep you awake – it’s often not enough to keep drivers focused.

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