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This upcoming weekend is Fourth of July, which means people will be traveling all over the country to celebrate Independence Day with family and friends. Traffic will be heavy, people will be impatient, and the roads will be far more dangerous than usual. In 2016 the travel group AAA predicted that nearly 43 million Americans will take trips to destinations at least 50 miles from home over Fourth of July weekend. With gas prices continuing to drop a similar traffic volume is predicted for this year’s holiday weekend.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July Fourth is the deadliest day for drivers. On average, more people die in motor vehicle crashes on July Fourth than any other day of the year, based on the five most recent years of available crash data. The stress of arriving at final destinations, frustration with traffic, and navigating a new route all contribute to a more dangerous road environment. Here’s how to stay safe during the highway’s deadliest day.

  1. Follow regular safety rules. This simple but effective guideline cannot be emphasized enough. Wear a seatbelt, wear a helmet, use turn signals, don’t speed, and definitely don’t drink and drive.
  2. Have a mechanic do a once-over of your vehicle or bike. Have them check your oil, tire pressure, suspension, and brakes, just to make sure everything is in proper working order before setting out for your trip.
  3. Try to time your travel days around and not on July Fourth. By just avoiding driving on the holiday you can save yourself the stress and make your holiday weekend much safer.
  4. Get plenty of rest before your travel day. According to studies, severe sleep deprivation while driving is comparable to driving while drunk. Your senses are dulled and you’re more likely to make a small, but a life-altering mistake on the road.
  5. Plan your trip ahead of time, don’t wing it while you’re on the road. Have a detailed map and itinerary of rest stops, restaurants, and checkpoints to keep on the look out for so you don’t lose time to lack of direction.

Stay safe on the roads this July Fourth by paying extra attention to the environment around you. No one wants to be the victim of a motor vehicle accident, but if you are you should call a Chicago personal injury lawyer right away. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo works with motor accident victims to give them the representation and compensation they deserve. Call us today to see how we can help you.

Happy Fourth and stay safe!

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