5 Tips to stay safe on the road during the 4th of July week

The 4th of July is right around the corner, and we at Lithia Nissan of Clovis want to remind our customers that while it's an exciting holiday, it can also be one of the most dangerous for automotive travelers. That's why we've put together this blog for 4th of July safety so that you and those around you can have a fun few days and get home safely.

Stay vigilant the whole week: in the past, most 4th of July events took place on the actual 4th, but now you'll find events throughout the week, allowing for both smaller towns and big cities to provide activities. Make sure you drive defensively on all roadways and keep a sharp eye out for pedestrians who might jaywalk.

Watch out for the two DD's: it's no secret that this is a holiday where people like to imbibe, but don’t let your libations get in the way of you and other's safety. Make sure you have a designated driver, and don't be shy about taking a taxi, Lyft, or Uber home. Another DD is distracted driving, which includes texting on the road. If you need to send a text about being late, pull over or have your passenger type away.

Buckle Up: a lot of vehicles, including new Nissan models, come with advanced safety features to help avoid a collision, but that doesn't mean you should ignore the trusty seat belt. According to the CDC, a seat belt can lessen the risk of serious injury or death from a car accident by approximately 50%, so make sure everyone has "clicked it" before you get on the road.

Keep an eye on the speedometer: we've all been there- you have plans to be out the door by 10AM, but it's 10:17, the kids are still getting dressed, and you haven't eaten. Or you didn't account for traffic and get stuck in a jam. If those hiccups happen, don't try to make up time on the road. Not only are you putting yourself and others at risk, but cops are out in force during the 4th of the July week, and you want to spend money on hot dogs and burgers and not a speeding ticket.

Get your Nissan serviced: if you're going on a long-distance trip for the 4th of July, make sure your Nissan is in good condition. If it's been making a funny noise or the tire tread is low, make sure you come into our service center before you get on the road so you don't want to have to call roadside assistance. Remember, have a fun, safe, and responsible 4th of July week.

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