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Group Calls July 4th The Deadliest Day On The Roads In America

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

As the days wind down until July 4th celebrations - there's one thing to consider - the roads can be a danger.

"I'm on the highway a lot, so I think it's important. I hate to see accidents," said Mario Solari, a Tallahassee driver.

Drivers like Solari hope people slow down and pay attention while driving this holiday season.

"I would think just take your time, don't be in a rush and definitely don't text and drive," he said.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said July 4th is now the deadliest holiday on the road for Americans.

Allstate Insurance provided tips for road safety.

"It's important to use low beams during heavy rain and in bad weather. Use your best judgment. It's okay to slow down and drive a little bit slower than the rest of the traffic," said Tara Smith, Allstate Insurance agent.

Car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone ages 1-34 in the U.S. and teens crash four times more often than any other age group, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Also you're reminded, if you drink, don't hop behind the wheel.

"If you're going to be drinking with your friends, plan ahead and have a designated driver. If you can't find a designated driver then just call a cab," Smith said.

Here are more tips from Allstate:

· Teens are watching: 50 percent of teens reported seeing their parents using a phone while driving.
· Do as I say, not as I do: Interestingly, only 34 percent of parents admit to making and answering phone calls while driving.
· Teens feel comfortable speaking up: 85 percent of teens say they would speak up in a car with someone who was driving in a way that made them feel scared or uncomfortable.
Allstate urges Americans to do their part to make roads safer for all families during the Independence Day holiday. Here are three simple ways that parents and teens can help to have a safe holiday:
· Talk together about driving early and often. Parents should discuss the risks and responsibilities of driving with your child at a young age, and keep talking with their teen before, during and after the licensing process.
· Don't rush the training process. Just because teens have a permit or license doesn't mean they are ready for every driving condition. By easing into the training process, both parents and teens will feel assured they are more prepared for a variety of driving situations.
· Never text or drive distracted. Parents should be positive role models when they’re behind the wheel. All drivers can pledge not to text and drive, and help reduce distracted driving deaths and injuries. Parents and teens can take the pledge together at www.facebook.com/XtheTXT

For more information about The Allstate Foundation’s teen driving research, visit www.allstatefoundation.org.


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