independence day traffic

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The American Automobile Association (AAA) anticipates that over 60 million Americans will hit the road this Independence Day, making for unprecedented Independence Day traffic. For truckers, this can mean delays up to 67% longer than usual to their typical routes. More importantly, more drivers pose a safety risk for truckers.

To be aware of delays and potential safety concerns, here are the traffic trends for the holiday week.


Busiest Times for Independence Day Traffic

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Courtesy of AAA

Throughout Independence Day week, traffic before 10:00 a.m. will remain relatively uninfluenced by holiday traffic. Though traffic volume will vary day by day, it’s a good rule of thumb to exercise caution during the afternoons when more drivers are active.

Though the above times are likely to be when traffic is at its lowest, running into holiday congestion can be difficult to avoid entirely. Holiday traffic can pose a danger to truckers as unsafe behaviors increase with more motorists on the road. Here are a few ways to stay safe.


How to Stay Safe During Independence Day Traffic

“Given the unprecedented number of individuals hitting the road to connect with loved ones this holiday weekend, it is imperative to prioritize and promote safe driving practices.” – Richard Frazer, an ATA Share the Road truck driver

Amidst the celebrations of Independence Day, the holiday can incite an increase in risky behaviors from commuters. Here are some of the most common.

  • Barbeques and beers can lead to a rise in intoxicated drivers.
  • As drivers look to confirm their plans, some may become distracted by their phones.
  • Some might demonstrate aggressive behaviors as they try and reach their destination on time.

Additionally, drivers can also expect more hazards on the road, including parades, street fireworks, and children playing.

To stay safe, consider these tips for Independence Day travel:

  • First and foremost, ensure that you never drive distracted, including texting, operating your phone, fiddling with the radio, etc.
  • Never drive intoxicated. Be prepared to say ‘no’ to a substances that will impair your ability to drive safely.
  • Keep a close eye on your blind spots. In tight traffic, these danger zones may remain occupied for long stretches by aloof drivers.
  • Stay vigilant when traveling through residential areas. Be on the lookout for children at play or fireworks in the streets.

Independence Day can bring people together. But, when 60 million of those people hit the road at the same time, traffic and safety risks can increase dramatically. By knowing what times are optimal for smooth traveling and safe driving habits, you can make it to where you need to be on time, safely.


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