4th of July Traffic

June 27 , 2018 | Car Accidents

When people think of the 4th of July, they often think of cook outs and fireworks. Something that people may not think about is the high volume of traffic that is associated with the holiday. This year will be no exception to the high volumes of traffic over the holiday weekend. According to AAA, it is expected that almost 47 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more to celebrate the holiday. AAA predicts that the amount of travelers this holiday weekend will be five percent higher than last 4th of July.

AAA considers the holiday travel weekend to be from July 3rd through July 8th. People will be using all modes of transportation to get to their destinations for the holiday including automobiles, planes, trains, buses and cruise ships. Of the 47 million estimated travelers, AAA predicts that 39.7 million will be traveling via automobile,  3.8 million will traveling via planes and 2.5 million will be traveling via trains, buses or cruise ship. In Wisconsin alone, AAA estimates that over 1 million people will be traveling for the holiday weekend with the vast majority of them using automobiles as their source of transportation. From July 3rd through July 8th, AAA expects that the afternoon of July 3rd will be when the roadways are most congested. This is because it is likely that those traveling for the holiday will mix with those leaving from work.

Because of the high volumes of traffic, it is imperative that drivers practice safe driving to help keep the roadways safe for everyone. Here are some tips to help make your holiday travel safe:

  • Drivers should anticipate delays and leave extra time to make their trip, so they do not rush.
  • Drivers should  ensure that they are not engaging in distracted driving activities such as using their cellphone while driving or eating while driving. These activities take the driver’s attention away from the roadway, thus increasing the likelihood of an accident.
  • Drivers should adhere to the speed limit and travel at a speed that is safe for weather conditions. The faster a vehicle is traveling the longer it takes for that vehicle to come to a stop.

By ensuring that we practice safe driving the roadways can be made safer for everyone.

Martin Law Office, S.C. wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!