Yes, that’s right.
With an average of 127 deaths coming from auto accidents, July 4th is the most dangerous day of the year for drivers. (In case you were wondering, the second deadliest day is New Year’s Day: 122 fatalities per year.) Much of this, of course, has to do with increased road congestion during the holiday weekend.
Unlike other holidays, like Christmas, the 4th of July doesn’t facilitate as much air travel. Instead, most people are more likely to barbeque and have a few beers at home or at a friend’s house that is within driving distance. This, not surprisingly, is a major clogger of local roads.
Like a powerful cocktail, these fatality statistics have also swelled because a lot of drinking and driving is mixed with the aforementioned road congestion. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 40% of July 4th automotive fatalities are alcohol related.
So make sure not to drink and drive!!!!
Fortunately, there are a couple of things (besides the usual suspects: agreeing on a DD, hiding the keys, passing out in your own vomit crashing on a couch) to make sure that you don’t get behind the wheel.
One of the best options available for this year is AAA’s Holiday Safe Ride Program. This program offers free rides, as well as car tows, to anyone that has drank too much. Even better, a AAA membership is often not necessary for someone to use the program.
This program, however, is not available in every state, but here is a chart of the areas that it can be found in:
- AAA Alabama (Statewide. Program is called “Tow-for-Life”)
- AAA Arizona (statewide)
- The Auto Club Group (Statewide in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. The program is also called “Tow-to-Go”)
- Automobile Club of Southern California (in all club territories)
- AAA Hawaii
- AAA New Mexico (statewide)
- AAA Northern California
- AAA Northwest Ohio (available in Lucas, Fulton, Wood, Henry, Williams, Defiance, Paulding and Ottawa counties)
- AAA Oklahoma ( Metro Tulsa, Metro Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Bartlesville, Enid, Muskogee, Ardmore, Tahlequah and Lawton)
- AAA South Dakota (Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton)
- AAA Texas (statewide)
If the AAA program isn’t available in your area, that’s okay, just make sure that you are safe, have fun, and have a shot on 4wheelonline.