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Travel Tips for a Safe and Fun 4th of July

Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday in Style—On a Charter Bus

The 4th of July is just around the corner—it’s on a Wednesday this year, so it might be the perfect opportunity to take the whole week off and take a real vacation with friends or family. Spend some time at the beach, visit one of our national landmarks, or head to one of the many big events planned across the country.

This year, though, why not celebrate our nation’s independence with some independence of your own. Instead of getting behind the wheel of your car, fighting all the other drivers on the road with your nose buried in your GPS or a map, why not book a charter bus from BusRental.com? Just tell us where you want to go and when you want to be there, and we’ll take care of everything. Relax and enjoy the holiday with friends and family while we handle the details.

 

Some Tips for Making This a Great Holiday

Independence Day is one of the top travel days all year. Why not—it’s summer and you’ve been cooped up all winter. Since it is summer, you’ll most likely be outside, and there will be fireworks and grills and bonfires and other safety risks. Here are some tips to help you ensure that everyone comes home safe and sound this year.

  • Fireworks safety—From sparklers and firecrackers to a professional fireworks celebration, there’s little that’s more exciting—or more fraught with danger—than pyrotechnics. If you plan to have your own fireworks at home, the Red Cross recommends the following:
    • Read the instructions on the package before using any firework you haven’t used before
    • Any fireworks, even sparklers, can be very dangerous in the hands of a small child. According to the American Pyrotechnics Safety and Education Foundation, you don’t ever want to put fireworks in the hands of anyone under the age of 7
    • Have a hose or supply of water nearby at all times
    • Always wear eye protection—eye injuries are one of the most common types of trauma associated with fireworks. Even a small firecracker can send small projectiles through the air. You may look goofy, but it’s worth it to save your vision.
    • Don’t light more than one thing at a time—That’s when most people get hurt. You simply can’t pay attention to a number of fireworks at the same time. And don’t ever try to relight a failed firework (a “dud”).
    • Don’t point or throw a firework at someone, at an animal, at a building or at a vehicle. Also, be careful around paper or other flammable materials
  • Travel safety—The best way to be safe is to book a charter bus. If you can’t do that, though, follow these simple rules to keep your holiday safe:
    • Don’t drink and drive—Have a barbecue at home if you plan on having a drink, or make certain you have a designated driver. The 4th of July is routinely the deadliest holiday in America, and drinking and driving accounts for about 40% of all fatalities.
    • Watch out for road construction—Summer is road construction season across the United States. The roads will be narrower in many spots and there’ll be traffic slowdowns. Don’t turn a traffic backup into a pileup.
    • Use your seat belts and obey all traffic laws—According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 30 million Americans still don’t use their seat belts. Nearly half of all traffic fatalities (48%) involve passengers who were not using seat belts. Seat belts save lives—they really do!!
    • Don’t let yourself get distracted behind the wheel—Stay off your device. There’s nothing that’s so important that you want to take your eyes off the road to see. Watch where you’re going and you’ll have a better chance of getting home in one piece.
    • Give yourself the best chance to see—Make certain your windows are clean, your headlights are working properly, and there’s nothing to block your view of the road.
  • Avoiding grilling injuries—According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, almost 20,000 people end up in the emergency room every year from injuries caused by a gas or charcoal grill. These simple precautions will ensure that your meat is cooked, but you’re not:
    • Don’t ever put something on the grill and walk away—grease fires can start very quickly and get out of hand. Stay with your food until it’s done, so that you can respond quickly to any emergency, whether it’s a flameout or a child who gets too close to the cooker.
    • Take the air out of a fire—If you have a flame-out, don’t throw water on it. That will typically only create steam—which will burn you as fast as a flame. Instead, if your grill has a cover, close the lid (but close the vents in the lid, too). Fire needs oxygen to burn—if you take away the oxygen, the fire will die.
    • Don’t ever grill in an enclosed area—Not only is there the risk of fire, but carbon monoxide can also be a concern. Don’t try to grill in your garage, in a small tent or camper, or under a covered porch. If it’s raining, you’ll have to either get wet or go to Plan B.
    • Use the right tools—Make certain you have long handled tools and that you have everything you need to do the job—spatula, tongs, and a fork.
    • Check your equipment—With a gas grill, make certain tubes are not blocked and that hoses are not cracked. Keep any hoses away from hot surfaces or hot grease. Before you turn the gas on, check to see if you smell any leaks.

There’s No Better Way to Travel than By Charter Bus—Here’s Why

When you’re planning group travel, charter bus is the way to go. No other mode of transportation offers so many tangible benefits:

  • Safety and security—Our drivers are the best in the world and they undergo regular and extensive training so that they have the skills to address any situation. You won’t have to worry about uninvited guests, either—the limited access to our coaches also keeps you and your personal items safe and secure.
  • Dependability—We have access to a vast network of service providers, so you’ll never have to worry about a cancellation or delay. Our professional drivers will get you where you want to go, when you want to be there.
  • Flexibility—With a charter bus trip, you get to call the shots. You won’t have to choose from a limited number of prepackaged options—you decide where you want to go and when you want to be there. Last minute changes in itinerary can also be accommodated.
  • You get to be on vacation—Why is it that you always need another vacation when you get home from your vacation? With a charter bus, that won’t happen. You won’t have to stress over a map or GPS, try to find a place to park, or deal with all the other motorists on the road. You’ll ride on the same bus for your entire trip, so you won’t have to sprint to make a connection or look for lost luggage. We won’t ask you to put your phone on “bus mode” or take off your shoes, either—there are no TSA lines on a charter bus.
  • Cost-effectiveness—Our rates are far more affordable than other modes of ground transportation and you don’t have to worry about gas or parking expenses. With the money you save, you can bring home some great souvenirs.
  • Space to move—There’s more leg room than any mode of transportation and the seats are plush and comfy. With the wide aisles, it’s easy to move about—and you can do that at any time!
  • Environmentally friendly—On a charter bus, you’ll help the planet. With everyone traveling on the same coach, your carbon footprint is dramatically reduced.

We Have the Perfect Vehicle for Your Group

Whether it’s Independence Day with family or an excursion with a large group of patriots, you’ll find the right coach for your group with BusRental.com. For a small entourage, there’s the Executive Sprinter Van, which seats up to 12 and has plenty of space for all your stuff. For a mid-sized group, our mini-buses seat 24 to 35 comfortably. If it’s a big celebration you have in mind, though, that’s not a problem. Our largest coaches accommodate up to 57 passengers and multiple bus rentals are always available. But why not make the 4th of July a party! With one of our luxurious party buses, you can bring up to 40 revelers, and you’ll enjoy state-of-the-art sound systems.

A Happy and Healthy Fourth of July from BusRental.com!

BusRental.com, the largest charter bus network in the nation, has been the industry leader in the charter bus business for more than 30 years, providing quality coaches to more than 21,000 events each year. To learn more about the different coaches in our fleet, call 1-888-502-3458 for a free quote or visit our online dashboard to start your reservation.

 

Travel Tips for a Safe and Fun 4th of July