With travelers covering a longer distance and more alcohol related accidents happening on the Fourth of July than any other time throughout the summer, it's more important than ever to drive with care.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 08, 2013
Independence Day falls on a Thursday this year, which means celebrations will last nearly all week. If you're planning to travel during this holiday season, be very careful on the highways. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named July Fourth as the deadliest day on the roads over the past decade.
"The roads will be packed with families traveling for the holiday. Alcohol plays a factor in the celebrations throughout the holiday season, as well. When you put the two together, drivers need to stay alert and use caution," said Greg Stokes, a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta.
"With travelers covering a longer distance and more alcohol related accidents happening on the Fourth of July than any other time throughout the summer, it's more important than ever to drive with care," added Stokes.
Greg Stokes has tips for safe driving around the holidays for families and anybody else on the roads:
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for travel before you start a long trip. A full service oil change before leaving will help to make sure all systems are "go."
- Wear seat belts and use the proper restraints for children including car safety seats. The rear seat is the safest place for children.
- Stay alert when driving. Take regular breaks and if you feel tired, pull off the road into a business or a rest area. Make sure you feel revived before heading back onto the road.
- Choose a designated driver if you plan to attend a holiday party with drinking. Make sure the person you choose will remain alcohol free.
- Avoid using any mobile device while driving. Texting or talking on the phone can lead to an accident. If you need to use the phone, pull off to the side of the road.
- Set flexible travel plans. If you plan to be on the road for many hours, split your drive by staying in a hotel overnight.
- Avoid driving during night hours. Whenever possible, drive during the day and rest during the night. Most alcohol related accidents happen at night.
"A study on cognitive distractions completed by the AAA proved distractions play a major role in car accidents. Driving requires your full attention, especially during the holidays," said Stokes.
Personal injury attorneys at Stokes & Kopitsky, P.A. represent clients suffering serious injuries from an auto accident. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at (404) 892-0011.