July 3rd and 4th ranked the most dangerous days for road travel

The National Safety Council says July 3rd and 4th are the deadliest days of the year to travel.

One third of local drivers are expected to hit the roads today, July 3rd between 3pm and 6pm.

The earlier you can leave, the better off you'll be. If you are heading somewhere, AAA asks that you use extra caution and has suggestions to keep you safe:

*Avoid distractions and keep your safety belts buckled.

*Don't let your gas tank fall below 1/3 tank. -

*Carry a mobile phone in case of emergencies.

*Make sure your car emergency kit is stocked with a flashlight, blanket and first-aid kit.

*If you are going on a long trip, pack an emergency ration kit of water and nonperishable food items such as fruit or granola bars.

*Do not stop to help a disabled vehicle. Instead, call for help from your mobile phone.

*If stopping during nighttime travel, choose a well lit, populated facility. Park where your vehicle can be seen.

If your vehicle breaks down:

*Move your car off the road away from traffic.

*Stay inside your vehicle with your doors locked until police arrive. - If you can't move your vehicle off the road, ask all passengers to exit the vehicle (when it's safe) and stand away from traffic.

*Warn other drivers by raising the vehicle's hood, tying a white cloth to a door handle or using reflective triangles or flares.

This upcoming Sunday (July 7) is also expected to be one of the busiest travel days for the peak mid-summer travel period. Try switching your travel date to Saturday or Monday and avoid peak travel times.