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Most Dangerous Days to Drive

July Fourth is just around the corner which means a nice long weekend for most of us.  Before hitting thecar damaged in accident road to get to your destination, beware that July 3rd and 4th are two of the deadliest days to drive.  Car accidents traditionally increase during the summer, in particular around this time of year.  During the summer of 2008, 491 people died in car accidents during the three-day weekend. Of that, 43% resulted from alcohol-impaired driving.

Deadliest Holidays for Drivers

Holiday

Fatalities

% of deaths alcohol-related

 

 

Fourth of July

491

43%

 

 

Labor Day

487

40%

 

 

Memorial Day

425

41%

 

 

New Year's

423

41%

 

 

Thanksgiving

502

36%

 

 

Christmas

420

34%

 

 

 

Stay safe on the roads if you plan on traveling this holiday weekend by following our safety tips.

1. Do not drink and drive. Alcohol-related accidents are the major cause of death during this holiday weekend. Call for a cab or have a designated driver to bring you home.

2. Don’t speed. Police and state troopers will be everywhere. Obey the speed limit and keep a good distance between the cars in front of you. Don’t forget that a speeding ticket can hurt your driving record and also potentially increase your auto insurance rates!

3. Wear your seatbelt. This is the simplest way to keep you and your family safe in the event of an accident.

4. Check your tires. Be sure to check your tire pressure before leaving for a road trip. Low levels can reduce fuel efficiency and be hazardous.

5. Check your battery. If your battery is old, think about replacing it. Also, consider keeping some jumper cables in your trunk.

6. Turn on your lights. Check your tail lights, turn signals and headlights before you hit the road.

7. Pack a first aid kit and roadside assistance kit. You never know what could happen so its better being safe than sorry.

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