July 4 is deadliest day on road for Americans

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Planning a road trip over the July 4 holiday? Experts are urging drivers to use extra caution on the deadliest day of the year on the road.

A day filled with fireworks, family and barbecues celebrating freedom could end in tragedy for drivers.

According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), July 4 is now the deadliest day on the road for all Americans.  

Allstate Insurance reported IIHS showed more than 670 people were killed on July 4 from 2007 to 2011, an average of 134 Independence Day deaths each year.

“There are basic things everyone can do this July 4 to stay safe: Buckle up, obey the speed limits and put your phone away while you’re behind the wheel,” Jessica Max said, Oklahoma Allstate agency owner and safe driving expert. “Simple safety measures help ensure you and your loved ones return home safely not only on the deadliest day but every day of the year.”