With its sunny weather and beautiful scenery, Florida is a great place to explore the open road. It is also a place where thousands of motorist compute and travel each day. However, although driving in Florida may be the product of necessity or a leisure activity, it is also something you need to do with care. Here is what you need to know about safe driving in Florida.
Tip Number 1: Watch your speed
In 2017, there were 401,993 crashes on Florida roads and over three thousand crashes with traffic fatalities. The rate at which you choose to operate your vehicle will have a significant impact on your ability to stop in time to avoid an accident. Further, t going even 5 mph faster over the speed limit can increase the likelihood of being seriously injured in a crash.
Tip Number 2: Buckle Up
State law, with a few rare exceptions, requires everyone to use their seatbelts and with good reason. Your chances of being killed in a crash increase significantly when you are not wearing a safety belt. These important mechanisms can keep you from being thrown from a vehicle during an accident and prevent you from being pushed into parts of your vehicle.
Tip Number 3: Maintain a Safe Following Distance
Traveling too close to another motorist can make it hard to stop in time to avoid a collision. It can also be perceived as being overly aggressive by the other driver. Maintain a minimum of a four-second-distance from other vehicles by choosing a fixed point ahead on the roadside and count the number of seconds it takes you to reach the same place after the car in front of you. Make certain you can slowly count to four before you are in the same spot.
Tip Number 4: Drive to Conditions
Just because the posted speed limit is a certain number, it does not mean driving that speed is always safe. Be aware of conditions such as weather and how they can factor into visibility and how quickly you can brake if necessary. Further, be on the lookout for other drivers who are not being cautious. If the driving atmosphere is poor, take it slow and be mindful of your surroundings.
Doing your part to stay safe on the road is vital but, even the most contentious drivers can be involved in an accident. At the Draper Firm, we have knowledgeable and experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys who understand the issues surrounding a collision and are ready to help you assess your case. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation. We invite you to learn more about our firm here. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.