29 Jun Safe Driving Tips for July 4th
Independence Day makes me think about the four F’s; Family, Friends, Food and Fireworks…actually a fifth one comes to mind – Firewater, more popularly known as alcoholic beverages. July 4th is a great reason for celebrating with friends and families. There will be lots of picnics, parades, baseball games, and fireworks exhibitions. While celebrating, we also need to focus on safety to prevent this holiday from becoming tragic.
Safe Holiday Driving
Like any other holiday, July 4th requires a lot of patience behind the wheel. There will be crowds and where there are crowds there are always traffic issues. A long day at the beach under the hot sun can tire you out. Make sure you keep hydrated. Do not use alcohol to satisfy your thirst; alcohol will only elevate your level of dehydration. Keep plenty of water on hand to help you stay hydrated. Give yourself enough time to get to scheduled events.
Another thing to be very cautious of during this time is drivers towing boats. Most boaters pull a trailer one season a year and actually have very little towing experience. They tend to forget to allow enough room to change lanes and execute their turns safely.
Where there is sunshine, there will surely be an increased number of motorcycles on the road enjoying the beautiful weather. Always take an extra second to look for our biker friends as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. Share the road safely and make this a weekend to remember for the good times.
- Plan ahead so you are not in a hurry
- Stay alert – make sure you are properly rested – don’t drive if you’re tired or groggy
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin – BEFORE drinking, designate a driver who will stay sober and give them your keys
- Call a taxi, or a sober friend. DON’T DRIVE DRUNK
- Aggressive drivers and road rage – try to avoid drivers who are noticeably agitated
- If you encounter a drunk driver, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement
- Observe speed limits
- Avoid distractions – DO NOT text and drive! If you must use the phone, us a hands free device or pull safely off the roadway while talking. Eating, grooming, tending to an unhappy child and applying make-up are also among some of the top driving distractions
- Program your music before you roll to eliminate another type of distraction
- Buckle up for safety – this means your pets and children too