Summer is here. We have officially passed the midway point of 2020, and yet our nation is still facing the struggles and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last month, as cases dropped and businesses began reopening in phases, many Texans let their guard down in hopes that the nightmare would soon be over. However, reality came crashing down as our state was hit with a severe second wave of the coronavirus outbreak. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we all practice safe social distancing and thorough hygiene.
As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July holiday weekend, it’s important to keep in mind that we do so responsibly.
If you plan on traveling out of town, whether it’s for a local trip or out of state, be sure to check the shutdown rules and regulations along your route. You can use AAA’s interactive map of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions by clicking the image below:
For those who have been sheltering at home during quarantine for the past several months, your vehicle is likely in need of a check-up to make sure all is functioning as it should. Before you head out, inspect your car for any issues (brakes, lights, tires, fluid levels, windshield). Get the vehicle serviced if within 500 miles of the next service interval as a precaution. Don’t forget to pack your hand sanitizer!
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), car travel “has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile.” Although traffic volumes are expected to be lower than previous years, their calculations estimate that 400+ people may be killed due to car accidents this Independence Day weekend, which spans from Thursday night to Sunday evening.
This holiday is also well known for alcohol-infused festivities, which directly inhibit driving safety. If you plan on drinking, please make sure you have a safe ride planned ahead of time with a designated driver or a ride-share service, like Lyft or Uber.
Safe travels, and have a Happy Independence Day!