Statistically, the Fourth of July holiday is one of the most dangerous times for drivers. There’s more traffic due to vacations and the holiday, more parties involving celebratory alcohol, and more teens on the road now that school is out. How can you keep you and your passengers safe? We’ve created a list of helpful tips just for you.

Keep these tips in mind as you drive this holiday:

  • Check your headlights, brakes lights, turn signals, and trailer lights before heading out.
  • Stay off your phone so you’re not distracted when driving. Remember, starting August 1 it will be illegal to hold a cell phone while driving.
  • Take care of any warning lights on your dash that could result is you being stranded on a busy road.
  • Make sure you have a spare tire ready just in case of a blowout.
  • Be alert around construction. Sudden lane closings or speed changes can take a distracted driver by surprise.
  • There’s always a chance of storms or rain, so make sure your wiper blades are in excellent condition.
  • Keep a reasonable distance from the car in front of you to give yourself more time to react. Remember the old, one one-thousand, two-one thousand, three one-thousand rule-of-thumb; if you don’t have time to say it, you’re too close to the car in front of you.
  • Share the road with bikers. Check your mirrors when changing lanes and look over shoulder to be sure you’re not missing a bike in your blind spot.
  • Do not drink and drive. There are many options for a safe and sober ride. Please take advantage of them.

We hope you enjoy your holiday weekend and stay safe if you’re traveling on the road. If you are unfortunately involved in a collision, Superior Service Collision Center can help you work through insurance and take charge of your auto body repairs.