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Safety Tips for July Fourth Travel

Strategies for a trouble-free holiday weekend.

The weekend may be all about summer fun. But whether traveling to a barbecue or to fireworks at either , safety, too, should remain a priority.

The American Red Cross provides these tips:

  • Buckle up, slow down, and don't drive impaired.
  • Be well rested and alert; give your full attention to the road.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Observe speed limits.
  • Make frequent stops.
  • Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.
  • If you plan on drinking, designate a driver who won't drink.
  • Clean your vehicle's lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
  • Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
  • Don't overdrive your headlights.
  • Don't let your vehicle's gas tank get too low.
  • If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
  • Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
  • Find out what disasters may occur where you are traveling, especially if they are disasters you have never experienced before. Find out how you would get information in the event of a disaster (local radio systems, emergency alert systems).
  • Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination. Travel and weather web sites can help you avoid storms and other regional challenges that could impact your safety.
  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
  • If you are travelling with your pet, see these tips for a more enjoyable trip.

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