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Driving Safely this Independence Day

Posted by Jaime Block on Jul 02, 2016


For many, the Fourth of July equates to the ultimate celebration of summer. A lengthy, hot day of swimming, BBQ’s, and time with family and friends is finalized by fireworks and a late night drive home.

However, these particular celebrations also help to make our national holiday just about the most dangerous times during the the entire year for highway fatalities and alcohol-involved crashes.

Millions of Americans will hit the highway for this 4th of july, and high rates of drinking coupled with lots more people on the road can result in tragedy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), in 2014 alcoholic beverages was a factor in 41% of highway deaths during the 4th of July..

And even though data shows that there might be less alcohol accidents when Independence Day falls on a Mon-as it does this year; authorities still anticipate seeing a significant increase in drunk driving and alcohol-involved accidents starting today, Friday, July 1.

Here are several tips to help you stay safe and make it home without any unwelcome surprises:

1.  Drink at a steady rate. the 4th can be especially alcohol-fueled due to the fact many people start drinking early in the day and carry on right until the fireworks show. In addition, dehydration from summer level temperature means alcohol might have a particularly powerful punch. Set a limit to the quantity of drinks you will consume and alternate with water.

2.  Fireworks and Alcohol just don’t mix. If pyrotechnics are actually legal where you live and you plan to light a few sparklers as well as roman candles, be sure a person responsible is sober.

3.  Drunk boating are as dangerous as driving under the influence. Lots of people head to the lake to celebrate, but according to the CDC, nearly one-third of boating deaths are associated with alcohol. Most states include similar Blood alcohol content limits for operating a vessel and cruising, so boat operators should hold off on the drinks until everyone is back on dry land.

4.  Plan ahead for a sober trip home before the day’s celebrations start. Lineup a specified driver, save a cab company’s # into your phone, sign up for something like Uber or Lyft, or arrange to spend the night in a hotel nearby before even planning to drink.

Emma W

AGD Auto Glass & Tint Co encourages all of you to drive safely this holiday weekend.  Just remember, if a rock chip flies up and cracks your window on the road, AGD will be here on the other side waiting for your safe return.  Ready and waiting to replace that windshield.

Have a Safe and Healthy July 4th from our family to yours!

AGD Auto Glass & Tint Co

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