July 4th is a time to celebrate America and apparently a weekend for travel.
According to AAA, nearly 43 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend. That makes this July 4th weekend (Thursday through Monday) as the highest travel volume on record. This is five million more travelers than Memorial Day weekend.
While some will fly, the majority of the July 4th travelers will be driving. It is estimated that 36 million people will be on the roads in the coming days. Many will start tonight. One reason for the magnitude of road travelers is that gasoline prices remain well below recent years. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.31, which is 47 cents less than one year ago. AAA expects most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Independence Day gas prices since 2005.
With all these drivers, there is an increase in the possibility of being injured in a car accident. Before you travel, check your car insurance policy to make sure you are carrying uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. A careless driver can ruin your July 4th holiday, but if the at-fault driver of the car accident is uninsured, it can ruin years of your life.
Also, watch out for drunk drivers. According to Patch.com, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will have their DUI Wolfpack out for the 4th of July weekend – beginning around 7 p.m. on Friday, July 1 and continue until about 5 a.m. on Saturday. However, this may keep some drunk drivers off the road, but too many will still get behind the wheel. So, be extra careful especially during the night.
Enjoy America’s birthday! Celebrate it! We live in the best country in the world and we should all be proud to be an American – one July 4th and every day thereafter.
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