No matter the time of year, the roads are busy statewide here in Florida. If you’ve spent any time on our bustling roadways, you know how traffic can get. From cars speeding, to drivers texting, as well as stop and go traffic, there are several factors to be aware of as you make your way around our great state.
Reviews.com has ranked Florida as the 11th most dangerous state to drive in. To determine this, they studied speeding, driving under the influence, as well as the severity of the accidents.
Out of 50 states, spot 11 is not very good! We’ve put together a list of driving safety tips to refer to before you brave the roads.
Driving While Impaired
Driving under the influence is not only illegal, it is possibly one of the most dangerous things you can do.
This is also one of the easiest tips we have for you, simply don’t get behind the wheel while impaired. Unfortunately, this only protects you so long as other drivers are following suit.
Follow Driving Laws
There are driving laws in place for a reason. Similar to the above tip, there are other driving laws that should be abided by. Texting and driving or any other form of distracted driving puts you and others at risk of a car accident. Follow signage as well. Speed limits are set in place for a reason. Wearing your seatbelt is another simple law to follow. Sometimes simple is the best!
Consider the Timing
While driving year round can be intense in Florida, there are certain times that the roads can get extremely overwhelming and dangerous.
For instance, you may have noticed an increase in traffic and erratic driving over the last week or so. Spring breakers are in town! This means that the roads can get crazy and, near the beaches and downtown, more pedestrian traffic.
Driving during rush hour should be avoided as well, if possible, as it tends to be increased traffic.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
As previously mentioned, driving downtown and near the beaches requires more attention and increased safety precautions.
The same goes for driving in poor weather conditions or rural areas. Understanding and being aware of your surroundings will keep you safe! Be alert when it comes to other drivers, changing road conditions, as well as wildlife that may be crossing the road.
When it comes down to it sticking to the traffic laws set in place by the state, you not only protect yourself, you protect others. From pedestrians to fellow drivers, it is important that we all do our part to keep Florida roads safe.
To better prepare yourself to get out on the roads, the State of Florida has several driving safety courses that may be helpful to you.
If you’ve fallen victim to Florida’s dangerous roads and have been involved in an auto accident, give us a call. We can help you navigate your case and receive compensation for your injuries and property damages.