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Tips For Staying Safe Over The 4th Of July Holiday Weekend

As the 4th of July festivities get closer, you might be more worried about having enough food and drinks for your guests, or wondering about the best location for camping and enjoying a barbecue than you are about driving safety.

Accidents are inevitable on the roads even during a regular work week, but add in partying, fireworks and holiday fun, and it could be a disaster on the roads. They're also one of the leading cause of brain injuries.

Drinking at the BBQ

You don't want to be the only one not having fun at the BBQ, but it's important that you drink responsibly. Be prepared to stay over if you have too much to drink while visiting friends and family. If that's not possible, have a designated driver who doesn't drink make sure you get home safely. You don't want to get in an accident, but you also don't want to be the cause of a serious accident on the roads.

Defensive Driving

Whether you drink or not, you have to be aware of others who might be drinking or drunk while driving. According to theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 2 in 3 people will be involved in a crash involving a drunk driver over the course of their life. Avoid driving late at night where there's a bigger chance of someone being intoxicated on the road.

Being Safe on the Highway

There have been studies that suggest that the risk of driving while distracted is similar to that of driving while intoxicated. Make sure you are being vigilant on the road and not talking on your cell phone. Use caution while driving in places where road work has been conducted. Lights and windows should be free of dirt and debris too. If you're headed out on a road trip for the holiday weekend, have your car's tires and fluids checked to ensure safety on the road.

Buckle Up for Safety

It doesn't matter how far you're traveling in your vehicle. You should always wear a seat belt to ensure your safety. The rest of the family should have their seat belts on as well. Seat belts have proven to save many lives during automobile accidents. This is especially true during holiday weekends.

Grilling Safely in Your Backyard

When you're cooking in your own backyard, you don't have to worry about drinking and driving. You should be careful of alcohol consumed while working with fire. Any time a grill is in use, it should be supervised. Keep kids and pets away from the grill to reduce the risk of serious injuries and burns.

Fireworks Safety Tips

While it's tempting to have fireworks on the 4th of July, you should stick with public fireworks displays put on by professionals who often have supervision from the local fire department. If you want to have a few firecrackers in the backyard, make sure you're following instructions. Never let children handle them, and never throw them towards people when they're lit.

If you find yourself in an accident, make sure you speak to a lawyer before talking to your insurance company. Many people can make mistakes when dealing with insurance

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