Are you planning a summer road trip and want to make sure the whole family stays safe? Read on to learn more about how to do this.
Florida Tourism and Traffic
Certain parts of Florida are well known for spikes in traffic due to people taking road trips. Because there’s so much to do, Florida is a popular road trip destination for residents and out-of-state visitors. With more cars on the road and some of those drivers unfamiliar with Florida’s traffic patterns or laws, the risk of an accident is higher.
11 Ways to Stay Safe on Florida Highways
You can’t always protect yourself fully against someone else’s dangerous behavior, but you can do your part by minimizing your risk as much as possible. Here are some ideas for staying safe on Florida roads.
1.Wear a Seatbelt
Seatbelts exist for an apparent reason, which is the same factor that makes it a law to wear one. So even if you’re going for a quick ride, buckle up.
2.Use Handsfree Devices
Don’t use your cell phone, but the same goes for other devices that can also be distracting. For example, if you’re not watching the road because you’re changing the controls on the radio or a GPS, all you need is a few seconds of lost focus before you get hurt in an accident.
3.Use Smooth and Well Maintained Roads
Avoid roads that are not well maintained, are known for speeding, or have significant potholes. All these issues can make it easier for you to lose control of your vehicle.
4.Use the Right Size Car Seats
Your children could be hurt or even get unbuckled on their own without the right size car seat. If it’s been some time since you last updated the car seat, now is an excellent time to make sure your child still fits the size requirements for the current one. If you need to upgrade, it could make a big difference if you were to get into an accident.
5.Maintain Your Vehicle
If you have bad tires or brakes, this can slow down your reaction time and make it that much harder for your car to grip onto the road. Stay on a regular maintenance schedule with your vehicle to avoid some of the more severe accidents caused by a lack of proper car care.
6.Avoid Driving in Bad Weather
Inclement weather increases your chances of an accident significantly. If you can stay off the roads anytime heavy rain or other factors make it less safe to drive, stay home.
7.Keep Distance Between other Drivers
Tailgating isn’t just annoying; it’s risky. Failing to leave proper space between your car and the one in front of you means that you’re likely to rear-end someone even if your attention slips by only one second.
8.Watch Out for Motorcycles
Too many accidents involve motorcycles, either because the bike operator might have been driving negligently or because a car driver didn’t see the biker. With no protection beyond a helmet and the proper clothing, those on motorcycles can become critically injured from just one accident.
9.Drive the Speed Limit
It’s a simple law to follow and one that decreases your chances of tickets, accidents, and injuries. When you’re out on the road in Florida, pay attention to posted signs so that you can decrease your risk of an accident. If you’re going well above the limit, the impact from a crash can be severe. Speeding accidents are easy to prevent.
10.Slow Down in the Right Zones
If you’re entering a school or work zone, mind the speed limit. However, a posted or flashing speed limit is not a recommendation; you need to slow down to avoid hitting children crossing the street or workers in a work zone.
11. Have You Been Involved in an Auto Accident in Florida?
What if you’ve already sustained an injury in a Florida car wreck? If this applies to you, you’ll need a Florida personal injury attorney immediately. If the statute of limitations expires, you might be unable to recover compensation for your injuries.
Need Help Filing a Car Accident Claim? Contact Cohen and Juda, P.A., Personal Injury Lawyers, Plantation Florida
When it comes to helping you recover from your injuries and charting a course forward, we will represent you personally. Our extensive experience helping victims during this challenging time in their lives means we approach each of our cases with compassion and care. Our Florida personal injury attorney team has been practicing in Broward County for 30 years. With a track record of recovering millions in trial and settlement, we know what it takes to prepare an injury case and to come to the table with a plan to fight hard for you. Contact Cohen and Juda, P.A. today at 954-424-1440 to schedule your free consultation.
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