Fourth of July Traffic Safety Tips

Many Americans begin daydreaming about The Fourth of July practically before Memorial Day is over.

In the weeks leading up to the holiday, we revise plans, check to make sure essentials are packed, and anticipate all of the activities that are in our plans.

Unfortunately, this holiday can be dangerous before reaching your destination. Fourth of July brings a surplus of traffic to the area. With everyone traveling to the beach, barbecues, concerts, or firework displays, the roads are packed with travelers. Here are some tips for drivers so you can stay safe during your holiday travels.

1. Tailgating

Following too close to another vehicle can cause an accident. Rear ending another vehicle in the state of Delaware generally puts you at fault. Tailgating can also be mistaken for road rage. It is recommended to allow the vehicle in front of you two vehicle lengths of space in slow moving traffic, and much more space in faster moving traffic. Anticipate stopping whenever traffic is heavy.

2. Closing the gap in traffic

After avoiding tailgating, leave a vehicle at least one length of space in stand-still traffic. There are times where traffic will start moving and then come to another halt. Once traffic does begin to move, do not close the gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you at a high rate of speed.

3. Cell phone distractions

Drivers distracted by cell phones are a leading cause of vehicle accidents. Try avoiding cell phone usage, even if traffic is at a halt. Text messages can wait. Is a text message worth your life or someone else’s.

4. Lane changing from a stop

A key component when changing lanes in traffic is to match the speed of the care in the other lane, which is impossible from a complete stop. When changing lanes from a dead stop you are more likely to cause an accident or be rear-ended. Allow the lane you are in to start moving before attempting to change lanes.

5. Preparation and Alternative routes

Timing and preparation can help avoid traffic and accidents. Knowing alternative routes may add mileage, but could potentially be a safer trip. Plan out your best travel options prior to departure, and have alternative routes to avoid traffic completely. Before departing check fuel levels, make sure your spare tire is inflated, and have the proper tools in case of a flat tire.

6. Rain

Rain makes it more difficult to see, which decreases your reaction time. Wet roadways make it more difficult to stop. Leave even more car lengths in front of you to avoid accidents in the rain.

Use these tips while traveling any time this summer. Enjoy your Independence Day, and safe travels!



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