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Driving Tips for a Safe Fourth of July

The first week of July is one of the busiest weeks of the year to travel in the US due to the holiday. Most people have vacations and trips planned, so the roads will be more crowded than usual. To help you get safely to your bonfire, pool party, fireworks show, concert, or family gathering, we’ve compiled this list of helpful tips for the Fourth of July:

  1. Plan out your travel time wisely - The roads will be especially busy late afternoon into early evening, and even night. If you need to run errands, make sure to get them all done early in the morning.
  2. Always buckle up for safety - This goes without question since it is the law. Make sure you and your passengers strap in the seat belts before going anywhere.
  3. Don’t drink and drive - Drinking and driving is a huge no-no. Don’t put yourself and others in danger. If you plan on celebrating with some drinks, make sure you have a plan to get home safely.
  4. Obey the speed limit - You may be in a hurry sometimes, but there’s no need to speed. Many cops will be out, so it’s best to stick to the speed limit.
  5. Keep your distractions away - Big distractions like cell phones, loud passengers, and blaring radio music can put you at risk of an accident. Make sure to keep your eyes on the road at all times.
  6. Don’t follow other cars too closely - We recommend leaving a good amount of distance between your car and the one in front of you. Bumper-to-bumper accidents happen way too often, so don’t let it be you.
  7. Be well rested for the drive - Make sure you sleep well the night before a long drive. Studies have shown that driving while sleepy can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. 
  8. Maintenance goes a long way - Bring your vehicle to a mechanic you can trust so that they can ensure your car is roadworthy. That way, you don’t have to worry about your car breaking down over the holiday.

If you need an extra boost of confidence with your car, please bring it to Lighthouse Automotive for maintenance. Feel free to give us a call or use our online form to schedule an appointment today.

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