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July 4th labeled deadliest day on the road in the U.S.

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 By Jennifer Petracca

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Allstate encourages everyone to drive safely for holiday travel this year, stating that Independence Day is the deadliest holiday.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July 4th is continuously named the deadliest day on the road for all Americans.

With the passing of Arthur on the 4th of July in New England, many celebrations have been postponed to this weekend, and the road risk is still present.

In the U.S., car crashes are the number one cause of death for everyone ages 1-34, with teens crashing four times more often than any other age group.

Based on the latest data, IIHS reports that more than 630 people were killed on July 4th from 2008-2012. If this trend continues, on average, 127 people will lose their lives in a car crash on July 4th.

Allstate asks that all Americans do their part in making roads safer during Independence Day celebrations. They warn:

  • Don’t drive under the influence. Designate a sober driver and give them your keys. Call a taxi or use public transportation. Use your community’s designated driver service.
  • Get rest if you have to drive to and from a holiday celebration. Driving while drowsy results in 100,000 police-reported crashes each year.
  • Never text or drive distracted. Take a pledge not to.
For teens, July 4th continues to be one of the deadliest holidays and particularly the summer months as well.

Allstate has recently launched a new smartphone app called Star Driver that helps identify and teach safe driving behaviors.

It offers a driver agreement between parents and teens to establish expectations and limits, such as how fast a teen is allowed to drive. Parents can be alerted with a text message or e-mail if the teen violates part of the agreement.

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