For many people in Oklahoma, this past Fourth of July weekend was a chance to take to the roadways. The final numbers are not yet available, but AAA expected that nationwide more than 40 million people would travel at least 50 miles from home between June 30 and July 4.
With four federal holidays, a break from school and nicer weather throughout the U.S., the summer months are a popular time for road trips. But this also equates to more auto accidents during these months. For example, according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July 4 is the single deadliest day for people on the roadways.
Given the increase in accident injuries and deaths during the summer months, how can people in Oklahoma minimize the dangers of a car accident when traveling during this time?
A spokesman for the IIHS explained that drivers should start with common sense and everyday good safety practices. This means always wearing a seat belt, not mixing alcohol consumption with driving and following the speed limit. Another important safety measure is for people to make sure that their car is in good working order before they head out on a road trip. Maintaining proper tire pressure, as well as oil and coolant levels, are always vital to operating a vehicle safely. In addition, drivers should avoid distractions while behind the wheel.
Getting adequate rest before a road trip is also important. Furthermore, drivers should always know the route that they are taking, and it can help to have a passenger give any necessary directions so that the driver doesn't have to try to look at a map or anything else while driving.
Summer is a great time to travel, and many Oklahoma residents will likely enjoy their trips throughout the remainder of this summer. If that travel involves driving, they should employ these simple tips to help make sure their travels are safe.
Source: Today.com, "July 4th traffic: 7 driving tips for the deadliest day on the road," Jonathan Welsh, accessed on July 1, 2016