The Fourth of July is the deadliest day on the road, so it’s important for drivers to know what to watch out for. Like any other time, there will be hazards like roadwork or potholes. There will also be pedestrians or cyclists to watch out for. However, on the Fourth, there may also be more drunk drivers, distracted drivers and those who are in a rush to get to parties or events.
On the Fourth of July, the most significant risk is that you’ll be hit by a drunk driver. The Fourth of July is known for being a holiday where people drink, so this is something to watch for specifically. Alcohol can also be a factor in pedestrian and cyclist deaths, so those who plan to walk or ride bikes should not drink before heading out.
How can you avoid a drunk driving crash on the Fourth of July?
If you want to avoid a drunk driving crash on the Fourth, one of the best things you can do is to plan in advance. If you will be drinking, determine who your designated driver will be. If you will not have a designated driver, plan to stay overnight at your family member’s home or to call a taxi or rideshare service to get home. Taking these steps will help you stay safer and reduce the chances of drunk drivers being on the roads.
In the case that you have to drive (and haven’t been drinking), just remember that drunk drivers are more likely to be on the road at night. Plan to drive before bars let out or in areas where there are fewer vehicles, so you can minimize the risk of being involved in a crash.