GEICO says celebrate Fourth of July safely; declare freedom from risky driving

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1, 2018 – Vehicle crashes jump on the Fourth of July every year, making it the deadliest driving day of the year, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Whether you're on your way to see local fireworks or taking a longer road trip, GEICO encourages drivers to remember the following tips to help stay safe during the holiday.

Safe Driving Tips:

  • The speed limit is your friend: While you might be in a hurry to beat holiday traffic, remember that driving over the speed limit puts you, your passengers and other vehicles on the road in danger. Leave early to give yourself more time. Drive at a safe speed throughout your trip to help avoid an accident or speeding ticket.
  • Explore your options: Drunk-driving crashes account for more than 50 percent of the accidents on Independence Day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you plan on having a drink, designate a sober friend to drive or use a ridesharing app.
  • Declare freedom from distractions: That red, white and blue themed Snap or text message can wait until you park. Put your phone away or switch it to Do Not Disturb. Download directions and music playlists beforehand. Plan where you will stop to eat or get gas.
  • Make sure your ride is road trip ready: Before any road trip, check for repairs to ensure your vehicle makes it safely to your destination. If you go to the NHTSA Safety Issues and Recalls site you can type in your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to find current recalls.

For more safe driving tips, visit GEICO's Safe Driving Resources page.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger car insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of car insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 16 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 27 million vehicles (car & cycle).

GEICO policyholders can make policy changes, report claims, print insurance ID cards, and purchase additional products by logging into their car insurance policy. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through GEICO Mobile, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial car insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.