According to a recent study, Florida was reported to have the worst drivers in the nation in both 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the same study found that Florida drivers ranked the eighth worst in the country. While it is indeed good news that the state no longer boasts the worst drivers in the country, it remains clear that Florida drivers are still considered to be extremely unsafe. The state’s poor record combined with its dangerous roadways and infrastructure defects can mean perilous conditions for Florida drivers. However, by observing some safe driving tips, you can help keep you and your passengers safe.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Today’s driver has more distractions than ever before. In-car entertainment systems, cellular phones, and passenger activity can draw driver attention away from the task at hand. When operating a motor vehicle, it is vital that you watch the road, its conditions, and other drivers. You need to know where your car is in relation to other vehicles around you and be on the lookout for road hazards and other drivers. Disciplining yourself to keep your focus on the road, and not using your cell phone and entertainment features can help keep you aware and out of danger.
Driving defensively means not only being aware of what is going on around you but also anticipating what other drivers may do. For instance, if a car in front of you is gradually moving towards your lane without signaling, it's probable they will be moving into the space. By giving the other driver room, you can avoid being too close when they change lanes. Being on the watch for this and other driver behaviors can help you anticipate and avoid a collision.
Wear Your Seatbelt No Matter What
Seatbelt safely is essential. While it may be tempting to go without a seatbelt on a short trip through your neighborhood, it is important to remember that accidents can happen anywhere and without warning. By wearing a seatbelt, you are taking a critical step to lower your risk of injury or even death.
Watch Your Speed
Getting from place to place quickly is attractive. However, going over the speed limit can mean not having adequate time to avoid being involved in an accident. Additionally, your chances of dying or being seriously injured increase significantly the faster you drive.
Practicing safe driving skills is an excellent way to avoid accidents. However, sometimes even the most reliable driver cannot prevent a collision. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the knowledgeable and experienced attorneys of the Draper Firm are ready to help you assess your case and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with the Draper Firm.