Industry experts are warning millions of Americans hitting the road this Fourth of July Weekend to be extra careful while driving.
Because of the sheer volume of vehicles using the nation’s vast system of highways, car accidents will be more common this weekend, they say. The holiday environment can also result in more intoxicated drivers on the road.
Driving analysts also add that fatigue from long drives coupled with distractions in the car can make many drivers lose concentration, potentially causing major car crashes. The presence of children and electronic devices like mobile phones and GPS devices can also distract motorists from focusing on the road ahead.
Several specialists have offered safety tips to motorists in a bid to curb the number of accidents this weekend.
- Buckle up for safety. The car’s safety devices will only be helpful if properly used. Experts say that following the proper procedures for using seatbelts can spell the difference from safety in the event of an accident, and severe injuries or even death.
- Follow the speed limit. Specialists are also reminding drivers to drive within the speed limit. Aside from avoiding potential accidents, motorists can also steer clear of speeding tickets and spotty drivers’ records. Insurance premiums can increase significantly if a motorist has several speeding tickets to his name.
- Bring your insurance papers. With all but two states requiring drivers to have proof of insurance, having one in the glove compartment of the vehicle can save motorists a lot of time when confronted by traffic enforcers or authorities.
- Prepare for the worst. Experts advise bringing along an emergency kit. This can be very useful in the event of an accident. Drivers should also make sure that mobile phones are fully charged for emergency reasons.
- Check your vehicle. Inflate your vehicle’s tires based on the manufacturer’s recommendation to avoid any problems while on the road. Motorists should also check and re-check their brakes, steering wheels, car turn and brake lights, as well as the batteries.
- Don’t drink and drive. Experts say that the festive atmosphere can be very tempting to many drivers. Assigning a designated driver will remove any chance that an intoxicated motorist will get involved in a car crash.