Colorful holiday fireworks panoramic view New York city Manhattan downtown skyline at night with skyscrapers and Brooklyn Bridge in Independence day

This month we are offering tips that come into play in early July and throughout the summer.

Independence Day

  • July 4th can be a fun holiday, but drivers are warned to use extra caution, due to the annual spike in motorists driving while intoxicated, traveling to and from holiday-related events.
  • If you attend a holiday party, get your rest before and after the event.
  • Driving while drowsy creates the same risks as driving while intoxicated.

Driving While Intoxicated Accidents (DWI)

  • Never consume alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs that warn of drowsiness while operating any vehicle.
  • Always carry a doctor’s note if you require insulin as a treatment for diabetes. Make sure you are familiar with TLC prescription drug policies.
  • Never consume beer (even on a hot day with lunch) before driving. Just one beer can impair your judgment and could be enough to put your blood alcohol level over the legal limit.
  • Do not confront a driver that is obviously DWI.
  • If an obviously intoxicated passenger is abusive, try your best to be patient (within reason, of course). At least they had the sense not to drive.
  • Take part in community efforts (MADD and other worthwhile organizations) to strengthen laws against DWI repeat offenders, and always spread the message that counseling is available for people with addictions, as well as other types of rehabilitation assistance. Helping to get DWI drivers off the road lessens your chances of becoming a victim.
  • Do not self-medicate to treat fatigue or anxiety. Both are common among professional drivers. Instead, consult a physician or talk to a counselor.
  • Nicotine is now considered a drug by the National Safety Council. Studies have shown nicotine use by motorists may cause anxiety, mood changes and speeding. Motorists craving nicotine may become irritable and impatient. They are much more likely to be involved in a road rage incident than a non-smoker.

Airport Accidents

  • Remember that travelers at airports are often not familiar with individual terminals. Always anticipate an unsafe move or sudden lane change by someone reading airport directory signs.
  • Remember: Airports have restricted areas that do not permit vehicular traffic. Familiarize yourself with all cargo and low-flying aircraft areas.
  • When loading or unloading passengers always pull as close to the curb as possible.
  • Always obey airport employees or Port Authority Police Officers directing traffic. They may detour you for security reasons from your intended terminal.
  • Always scan the area prior to stepping behind your vehicle to load or unload your trunk.
  • Always try to have your passengers use the curbside door to enter or exit your vehicle.
  • Never speed through an airport to help a passenger make their flight.

Car Washes and Repair Shop Accidents

  • Always anticipate slippery surfaces in a car wash or repair shop. Obey all posted safety signs regarding area restrictions.
  • Always wait for an authorized employee to guide you onto a rail or lift. Never stay in your vehicle while it is being lifted for service.
  • Always be cautious of employees making an unsafe move when removing your vehicle from the rail at a car wash.
  • Always be on the alert for employees crossing in front of your vehicle.
  • Always check the interior of your vehicle after a car wash. Make sure the floors are dry, so passengers do not slip when entering or exiting your vehicle.
  • Always check your vehicle when leaving a repair shop. Oily rags and tools are sometimes left under the hood by mechanics.
  • Always use caution in the immediate areas surrounding car washes. Motorists often wipe their vehicles down after leaving a car wash without paying attention to passing vehicles.