Expert drivers offer Fourth of July tips

July 3, 2013 12:00 AM

By now, you've probably planned out your Fourth of July festivities down to the minute. From deciding when you're going to be pulling out of your driveway to picking which dishes you'll prepare for a family barbecue, you'll likely already know exactly what your holiday plans entail, but that doesn't mean there isn't time to incorporate some tips into your driving experience.

America's Road Team, a group of professional truck drivers, recently offered some advice for the 40 million travelers who will be hitting the road this Independence Day. In addition to checking on vehicle maintenance before you leave, the team suggests stocking a car with water and sunscreen, always wearing a seatbelt and, of course, watching out for large trucks on the roads.

Motorists should also pay attention when they are backing up. About one in four preventable accidents occur when people are reversing, so taking an extra minute to check the area could help avoid a crash. 

"The Fourth of July is a special holiday for many Americans - and in particular many truck drivers," said Ted Carlson, a worker with FedEx Freight. "By exercising a little caution and common sense, we can all do our part to ensure the holiday remains a festive and happy occasion for all Americans." 

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