Traffic and Accidents Go Hand in Hand Near Independence Day
The long July 4th weekend is upon us. Over the next couple of days, millions of Americans will head to and from their camps, homes, and favorite places. If you’ve already hit the road or will do so over the next several days, here are some ways for you and your family to save some time, money, and stress. Heck, maybe it will also keep you from an accident.
AOL recommends avoiding both rain and traffic. With 44 million people hitting the road, it’s no surprise that this could be a heavy weekend traveling. Often, experts recommend leaving on Saturday instead of Friday.
Leaving Friday morning before 8 am gets you well ahead of most traffic. Furthermore, there will also be a tremendous rush of people headed to and from work in anticipation of the time off.
CNBC has its own list of recommendations. At least the average price of a tank of gas is way down. July 4th weekend is the heaviest for buying gas the whole year round.
The Other Side of Holiday Traffic
Unfortunately, there is another side of heavy traffic around holidays. During such periods, both traffic and accidents spike. With the increase in parties and alcohol consumption, DWIs and booze-related crashes will produce an uptick. Sometimes there’s no way to avoid a drunk driver, but understanding the risk decreases the chance of an accident.
If you are involved in a crash, it’s important to remember the simple steps to follow:
- Stay calm: Don’t let your emotions get the best of you.
- Make sure everyone is okay: If need be, seek immediate medical help.
- Document everything: Take photos, interview witnesses, take notes.
- File a police report: And ask for one for yourself.
- Don’t settle with the insurance company: Before speaking to a skilled auto accident attorney.
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