July is perilous for drivers
The Independence Day holiday is an exciting highlight of every summer. However, along with the flag-waving fun, some things to watch out for when you are behind the wheel. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds July Fourth riskier for motorists than any of the other 364 days of the year.
The whole month of July is fraught with danger for drivers. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) states that “More people die in drunk driving crashes in July than any other month.” This conclusion is significant because so many Christmas partygoers and New Year’s Eve revelers drink then drive – sometimes with disastrous results – yet July outpaces December for the number of lethal vehicle accidents caused by alcohol.
Road safety on Independence Day
There are ways to decrease the danger you face on the road during this holiday. Experts offer these ideas:
- Hunker down where you are for the night if you can do so safely
- If you are out with a group of friends, have someone who has not been drinking do the driving
- Opt for a ride-share or public transportation if they are available
Have fun responsibly and be cautious
The month of July and the July Fourth holiday should be times for enjoyment and relaxation. Unfortunately, some celebrate by drinking to excess. Do what you can to steer clear of them and protect yourself. Your summer memories should be happy ones, not ones associated with motor vehicle accidents or injuries caused by drivers who drank too much.