We may have one less excuse not to visit the in-laws this holiday season. According to the National Motorists Association and State Farm, driving on the holidays may actually be safer than jumping behind the wheel on a normal day. The insurance agency recently took a look at the number of claims it received on seven separate major U.S. holidays – the Fourth of July, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas – and found that on average, those days had 2,350 fewer accidents than non-holidays.

The NMA says that for the majority of the year the average number of claims comes in around 7,435, while the holiday with the most claims – the Fourth of July – netted just 6,031. The figures are without a doubt interesting, but we would be just as interested to see the insurance agency's numbers on the days leading up to and trailing away from major holidays. The majority of people who head away from home typically hit the road just before the actual day of celebration, so we're guessing the number of claims for, say, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving might be higher than the national average.

[Source: National Motorist Association | Image: Scott Olson / Getty Images]