Heading out onto the road is just a regular part of celebrating Independence Day, but it’s not a task that should be taken lightly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more drivers died in collisions on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year from 2010-14, making it exceedingly important that you exercise caution on roadways. Consider the following before hitting the road this 4th of July.
Have your vehicle serviced
If you’re planning on going somewhere for Independence Day, make sure that you’ve maintained your recommended service and maintenance schedule. If you’re due for an appointment at College Chevrolet Buick, the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July is a great time to get necessary work done.
Follow the three-second rule
Make sure there are at least 3 seconds of time between you and the vehicle in front of you, or approximately two car lengths. This was a rule that you learned in driver’s ed, but it may have slipped from your mind as you’ve become more comfortable behind the wheel. Refamiliarize yourself with this habit to maximize safety.
Have a designated driver
Drunk driving is a significant problem for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on any day of the year, and the danger only increases on days where celebration is the norm. If you plan on having any alcohol over the Fourth of July, make absolutely sure that you have a designated driver at the ready.
The best way to avoid the congestion that comes with the July 4th is to not drive on that day. Instead, get to where you’re going a day early and leave a day later; not only will you feel less rushed, but you’ll be less likely to run into a jam.
These are just some of the ways that you can better ensure your safety on the road this Fourth of July. From all of us here at College Chevrolet Buick, stay safe and have a great holiday!