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Why 4th of July is Considered One of the Deadliest Holidays of the Year

The Dangers of Summer Holidays

While Memorial Day and Labor Day make the list of summer holidays that are the most dangerous for drivers, studies and data show that the fourth of July is the deadliest day of the year. According to AutoInsurance.org, a three year-study of data from 2016 to 2018 supports putting Independence Day at the top of the list. The average number of fatal crashes on the Fourth of July is 449.67. Here’s why:

The Dangers of Independence Day on the Road

In addition to the most apparent reason — drinking and driving — here are some other reasons why fatal crashes occur more often on the fourth of July:

  • Distracted Drivers - Distracted driving can happen at any time of the year. However, on the 4th of July, more travelers are on the road than usual, which means more distracted drivers behind the wheel.
  • Inexperienced Drivers - The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that teen drivers have a higher risk of being involved in a deadly car crash than other adult drivers. The crash rate for teen drivers is nearly four times more than drivers who are over 20. Without driving experience, teen drivers may not be able to recognize and adequately respond to impending road dangers.
  • Lack of Sleep - Lack of sleep can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Since the holiday weekend may have people up later than usual with going to barbecues and parties, they may be too tired to drive. Long road trips on the 4th of July are also common and could increase the risk of drowsy driving.

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