The 4th of July is a day of celebration here in the United States. It signifies our country's freedom and is a day to get together with friends and family. Although the current pandemic has likely changed how you are celebrating this year, there are still options to enjoy the day safely and according to local laws. Even with the likely cancellation of major firework events, there will still be an increase in vehicles on the road and an increase in people in public areas. This is why it is important to ensure that you stay safe during this July 4th weekend.
We recommend the following safety tips for this 4th of July weekend:
If you'll be outdoors, don't forget to protect yourself from the sun. Too much sun exposure can cause sunburns and can make you lose hydration quicker. Be sure to use ample sun protection on your skin and wear appropriate clothing, hats, and sunglasses.
Did you know that our Independence Day is one of the most dangerous days in the United States to drive? This is why it is important to be aware of your surroundings while on the road and to stay alert. Additional traffic on the road can make driving difficult, especially at night. Know the route to your destination and try to practice defensive driving along the way.
Ensure that your vehicle is in good condition if you're planning on traveling a distance. Here at Avid Autowerx, we can provide a vehicle inspection before your long trip to verify that your vehicle can handle the drive. If not, we help you take care of your vehicle's needs before you embark on your trip.
Always check your local area and state laws when it comes to fireworks. If you have legal fireworks to light, use caution when firing them off. Don't light them around other people, other homes, or flammable items. Only light them is safe places and use caution around fire. Do not allow small children to handle fireworks, either.
One important thing to remember is driving safety, especially considering the increase in alcohol consumption on July 4th. Make sure to have a safe ride to and from your destination. Never drink and drive, or get in the car with an intoxicated driver. Have a designated driver planned or get a ride from a rideshare app or taxi. If you can't find a way to drive without drinking, find a place nearby where you can safely walk to your destination.
The fourth of July typically falls on a hot summer day, so don't forget summer weather safety. Stay hydrated and have ample water available during your festivities. If you're planning on grilling, remember grilling and fire safety. Don't let small children around hot grills and take caution when lighting any fires.
We hope that these safety tips will allow you to have an amazing July 4th holiday. We wish you the best, and Happy Independence Day!