July 4 Safety Tips

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

July Fourth celebrations unfortunately coincide with a rise in traffic accidents and deaths. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that July 4 was the deadliest day on U.S. roads from 2006-2010 with over 700 people dying in motor vehicle crashes on those five days. Follow these safety tips and arrive alive:

  1. Avoid busy roads, if possible.
  2. Watch out for drunken or otherwise impaired drivers.
  3. If you are drinking, designate a driver.
  4. If you don’t have a designated driver, don’t drive, period. Call a cab. Call AAA’s Tow to Go Program at 800 AAA HELP to have your car towed to your home for free.
  5. Don’t drive distracted by smart phones, navigation systems, etc.
  6. Practice defensive driving.
  7. Don’t follow too closely.
  8. Get off the road to watch fireworks. Don’t stop alongside a street or highway to watch the fireworks displays because you are creating a hazard.

Use common sense. Don’t take unnecessary risks and become another July 4 statistic. And have a Happy July 4th!