Nearly 5 million Californians are expected to go out of town to celebrate Independence Day. Are you one of them? If so, you had better listen up! According to the California State Automobile Association, this is a 5 percent increase from 2012 numbers and the most Fourth of July travel in the state since back in 2003.
"As summer begins, so does the appetite for travel," said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson.
Our Costa Mesa car accident lawyers understand that the declining gas prices have a great deal of influence on the increase in travel this year. A month ago, our average gas prices sat at about $4.29. Now, the average cost of a gallon of gas is $3.89, according to the Livermore Patch. On the other hand, many officials believe that the price of a gallon may start to rise around the Fourth, so fill up your tanks now.
But there's more to worry about than your gas tank. It's also one of the most dangerous holidays to be out there on our roadways. With the increase in traffic, we'll also be seeing a significant increase in the number of car accidents and fatalities, too. The combination of travel, alcohol and fireworks has made July the nation's deadliest month and the 4th of July our most dangerous holiday.
To help to make this a safe holiday for you and your fellow travelers, consider the following safety tips:
-Keep off the cell phone while you're in the driver's seat. If you've got to use the phone, pull over to a safe place and stop before doing so.
-Make sure that you're always wearing a seat belt - every trip, every time. Everyone in your vehicle should be buckled in during every car ride.
-Never leave a pet or a child in a vehicle unsupervised.
-If your Fourth of July plans involve alcohol, make sure that they involve a designated driver, too. Never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. The NHTSA has already launched its Fourth of July Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign.
-Make sure that your teens understand the risks that accompany this holiday.
-If you're heading out on a road trip, make sure you leave for your destination with plenty of time to spare. Extra time will help you to avoid rushing and to avoid aggressive habits behind the wheel.
-Avoid tailgating of flashing your lights at other drivers. Remember we're all in this together. Let's work as a team.
-Avoid driving during the evening hours if you can. Your risks for an accident are typically higher during this time anyway.
Each year, officials with the National Safety Council predict that hundreds will die in traffic accidents during this holiday period, and this year is no different. Stay calm out there and keep safe driving as a number on priority!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
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