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Celebrate Safely: A Guide to Safe Transportation on the 4th of July

, | July 1, 2024

Parties, barbecues, fireworks and spending quality time with family and friends are all are part of our favorite 4th of July celebrations. But getting to these events makes it one of the busiest times on the roads, and that comes with a higher risk of accidents. At Executive Transportation, we want to ensure that you and your loved ones have safe transportation over the holiday. Here are some key things to keep in mind:

Stay Put or Leave Early From Events

The highest risk time to drive is, of course, after those fireworks end and everyone else is trying to get home. Heading out before the rush can help you avoid the crowds and ensure a safer journey. Staying overnight instead of driving back late at night is another option.

Plan Ahead

Distracted driving is more prevalent on holidays. You can do your part in keeping the roads safe by making sure your vehicle is in good condition and gassed up a day or two before. Get your plans locked in before leaving, and know your route ahead of time too. The Waze app does a nice job of highlighting where construction and high levels of traffic are a concern. Anticipate delays and leave yourself some extra time, and have a backup plan if your original route gets too congested.

Actively Plan to Remain Distraction Free

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents, and the holiday is no exception. It’s tempting to check messages, change the playlist or snap a quick photo – but it is crucial to keep your eyes on the road when others might be more tempted than usual by these things too. We recommend setting your phone on “Do Not Disturb” while driving, and pulling over at a safe location if you need to use it.

Approach Intersections Carefully

Intersections are particularly dangerous on busy holidays. You’re more likely to encounter people unfamiliar with the area who don’t know where they are going, which can lead to unexpected behaviors at intersections like harsh braking and unexpected lane changes. Defensive driving is key – always anticipate the actions of others and be ready to react appropriately.

Be Alert for Speeding, Harsh Braking, and Eratic Driving Patterns

Watch out for distracted and aggressive drivers. Things to watch for include drivers who are varying their speed, swerving within (or out) of their own lane, looking down, or at a phone, or frequently looking at their passengers. Do your best to keep clear by changing lanes or reducing speed. Your goal is to increase the distance between them so you have more time to react should the need arise.

For the Ultimate Safe Transportation, Hire a Professional Driver

If you know you’ll be indulging in some holiday spirits or simply want to ensure a stress-free journey, consider hiring a professional. Our black car service is open 24/7 and offers a safe, reliable and luxurious way to get to your 4th of July events and back home. Book now online or call us at 1-88-393-2227. Let us handle the traffic and the hassle while you focus on enjoying the celebrations.

At Executive Transportation, your safety is our top priority. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your Independence Day is filled with joy and free from unnecessary risks. Have a fantastic 4th of July, and remember – we’re here to get you where you need to go.

Stay safe and happy travels!