Independence Day one of the deadliest driving times

Published 2:30 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Independence Day is one of the deadliest driving holidays.

A day of patriotic fervor and exuberant celebrations, the holiday is also marked by unique risks on the road. Ranking third among the top five most dangerous holidays, there are distinct factors that contribute to the risks associated with Fourth of July travel.

Over the past five years, 2,344 lives were lost during the Fourth of July. In 2021, the number of fatalities rose to 538, demonstrating an increase compared to the previous year’s 493, marking a rise of 9.1%. These numbers emphasize the importance of remaining vigilant and practicing responsible driving behaviors during this festive period.

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Specific incidents during Fourth of July in 2021 revealed that 212 lives were lost due to driving under the influence (39%), while 171 lives were claimed by speeding (32%). Motorists are urged to take measures to enhance safety on the roads during this holiday for themselves and for others.

Safe driving tips for Independence Day holidays

To ensure responsible and safe travels during Fourth of July, consider the following tips:

1. Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution when driving in areas with high pedestrian traffic due to parades, gatherings, and fireworks displays.

2. Take breaks during long journeys to combat fatigue and maintain focus behind the wheel, as drowsy driving poses significant risks.

3. Celebrate responsibly by refraining from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Designate a sober driver or use rideshare services instead.

4. Prioritize vehicle maintenance, including checking tire pressure, brakes, and fluid levels before hitting the road.

5. Remain attentive and avoid distractions while driving, such as texting or engaging in other activities that take your focus away from the road.

6. Plan your route in advance, taking into account potential traffic congestion and road closures.