This Wednesday is one of the most beloved holidays in the U.S. – Independence Day. Celebrated with parties and parades, it’s the biggest birthday bash of the entire year. The July Fourth weekend means picnics and beach parties, fireworks and flags, sun tea and sparklers, and lots of road trips. This year especially, given that the 4th falls in the middle of the week, many folks are celebrating the holiday the weekend before and the weekend after the actual 4th of July holiday (click here to find public 4th of July events in the Oklahoma area). Additionally, many employees are choosing to use their vacation and taken the entire week to celebrate Independence Day (Check out these road trip tunes if you plan to spend time on this road this holiday).
Independence Day Facts
Some 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel to celebrate Independence Day this year according to AAA, compared to 44 million in 2017 and 43 million in 2016. Last year, during the 4th celebrations more than 68 million cases of beer were consumed. In fact, there are more beer sales for the 4th of July than any other holiday in the U.S. Here are some other interesting Independence Day facts:
- 150 million hot dogs are consumed on the 4th of July
- 62% of Americans will attend a picnic or BBQ to celebrate the holiday
- July 4th is America’s top beer-drinking holiday
- Approximately $1 Billion was spent on beer for the 4th of July in 2017
- $568 Million was spent in 2017 on wine for Uncle Sam’s birthday celebrations
- 86% of July 4th holiday travelers will travel by automobile
The Scary Truth About Independence Day
While Americans love to celebrate their freedoms and independence on Uncle Sam’s Birthday, all those comings and goings, combined with well-stocked coolers, means more drunk drivers on the road. It is the most debaucherous day to be on the road, plagued with the looming threats of an increased risk of fatalities, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In fact, 40% of all highway deaths between 2007 and 2011 were caused by drunk driving during the Fourth of July celebratory weekend.
The Real Costs of a DUI
We don’t share this information to scare you, but to ask that you celebrate responsibly. The costs of driving drunk can have a terrible price. Even if you’re fortunate enough to avoid an accident, you could end up paying a lot. Having a DUI on your record puts you in a higher risk category with insurance companies and can as much as triple your auto insurance premiums for up to 5 years. Additionally, if you have had a DUI in the past, you may not qualify for any car insurance discounts you may have received prior to your DUI (such as good driver or claim-free). This can cause your rates to increase even further. This doesn’t even touch the additional fines, court costs, DMV fees, attorney fees and other things that come along with a DUI.
Consider this a friendly reminder from a friendly collision repair company to avoid drunk driving this holiday (and this upcoming weekend, as well). Whatever you have planned, from a picnic in the park to fireworks on the beach, have a great Independence Day and stay safe.