Statistically, the 4th of July is not a good day to drive a car.
According to an article at TheCarConnection.com, research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that July 4th is the deadliest day of the year for drivers in the U.S.
From 2007 through 2011, 670 people were killed in Independence Day auto accidents – an average of 134 deaths for each of the five July 4th holidays during that period. That number is more than 30% higher than the average for any other day of the year.
The reasons for increased fatalities may be obvious: lots of people traveling to see friends; alcohol-fueled parties; and large groups of drivers leaving fireworks displays late at night.
To avoid becoming part of those terrible statistics, remember the basics:
- Never drive after you’ve been drinking.
- Be patient with other drivers.
- Keep plenty of stopping distance between you and the car in front of you.
- Make sure your tires and the rest of your vehicle are safe and in good working order. Visit Tapp’s Garage if you need service or repairs.
Please do your part to make it a happy and safe 4th of July.