The 4th of July is right around the corner. This means that the roads will be full with travelers, the lakes will be stacked with boats, and alcohol will be flying off the shelves. No doubt, people plan for this holiday all year. As the general populations celebrates our country’s independence, many forget to take the precautions they preach day after day during the rest of the year. But, the key to a successful July fourth is in practicing smart safety measures.
Safety Measures for a Successful July Fourth: Celebrate Smart
For those few surrounding days, millions of people will be traveling on the highways. The first key to a successful Fourth, is driving safely to your destination. This includes driving defensively, doing pre-trip checks on your lights, tire pressure, and etc. Account for any potential issues, and also keep those eyes peeled for what’s happening on the roadway.
More drivers equals more drunk drivers
Because so many people will be drinking, there is a good chance several will choose to drive. Therefore, choose what time you are going to travel wisely. Avoid driving late at night. Try to get somewhere after dusk and stay there. Furthermore, if you see a drunk driver on the road, be sure to report them to the local police. Also, be a good friend and do not allow any one you know to drink and drive. It doesn’t matter if they’re driving five minutes or five hours down the road, anything can happen. Not to mention, local authorities might have set up a DUI checkpoint. So, even if they drive safely, they may still face trouble.
Prevent overheating by drinking water
July is one of the hottest months of the year. The thick, Southern heat coupled with the outdoor festivities make over-heating a big risk. One of the smartest safety measures people can use is to prevent over-heating by drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. A lot of people drink beer over the holiday, but people should remember alcohol will dehydrate. Likewise, caffeine will too. So, alternate. No one is saying don’t drink, they’re just saying moderation and balance is the key to a successful experience. Furthermore, use sunscreen, sunglasses, and caution to prevent additional dehydrating factors, such as a sunburn.