You all know how the song goes: “Summertime… and the living is easy…. ”

That is, until you get into an accident. Even a fender bender can get you all stressed out. The number of car accidents increase during the summer months, especially during the holidays. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the July 4th holiday statistically has the highest number of crash-related deaths than any other day of the year due mainly to drunk driving.

But the summer holidays are a time to celebrate independence, spend time with family, and go on those road trips, right?! Before you hit the road, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for potential dangers. Here are some tips from the latest article by the Insurance Information Network of California (IINC) that drivers should follow in order to get to their destinations safely:

Follow the rules of the road. Buckle up, allow extra time for busy roads and avoid speeding, which reduces your ability to react to road hazards.

Designate a driver. If you have been drinking, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver or call a cab. A DUI conviction could cost upwards of $10,000. (Not to mention that your insurance premiums could quadruple and remain high for at least 6 years!)

At the scene of an accident. If you are involved in an accident take notes of the scene and the situation, taking pictures if possible, exchange information with the other driver without discussing insurance coverage limits and call your insurer as soon as possible.

Getting pulled over. Pull over to the side of the road when it is safe. Roll your window down to hear the officer and exchange documents, answer the officer respectfully and sign the ticket without question. Signing a ticket is not an admission of guilt if you think you were wrongly cited. (You can avoid getting pulled over by being aware of your speed at all times.)

So keep these tips in mind, and don’t forget to take along your playlist of roadtrip songs. Don’t have any? If you’re a Gen-Xer like me, here’s a great list that I found from 80s Road Trip Songs:

Eddie Money-Shakin
Dexies Midnight Runners-Come On Eileen
Tracy Chapman-Fast Car
Katrina and the Waves-Walking on Sunshine
Billy Idol-Rebel Yell
The Clash-Should I Stay or Should I Go
Joan Jett-Bad Reputation
B-52’s-Love Shack
Sammy Hagar-I Can’t Drive 55