Florida means fun, and when summer rolls around, traffic on the state’s roads becomes busier and more dangerous. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles urges drivers to take care, drive defensively, be alert and obey the road rules. This also applies to visitors from other states and other countries.
The FLHSMV reports that the average number of speed-related fatalities in Florida is 300 annually. The agency reminds drivers that aggressive driving and speeding are what often prevent arriving at destinations safely. Disregarding posted speed limits could have devastating consequences, and driving even slower in inclement weather is the way to stay safe.
Some drivers get aggressive in the blink of an eye, and the following tips might help drivers avoid being the victims of road rage:
- The most important tip is to be patient. Impatience can quickly turn into aggression.
- Do not speed and never cut off other vehicles.
- Always leave room for others during lane changing.
- Those who become the victims of aggressive drivers should avoid engaging or arguing with them.
When sharing the roads with semis and tractor-trailers, drivers must stay out of the truckers’ no-zones or blind spots.
The Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law became effective in June 2009. Under the law, front-seat vehicle occupants must always wear seat belts, and all passengers younger than 18 years must be securely buckled up. Although there is no guarantee that safety belts will prevent injury or death, being buckled up reduces the risk by as much as 50%.
Furthermore, the FLHSMV further urges motorists not to drive after consuming alcohol but to plan ahead and arrange a ride service or designated drivers to take them home.
Victims of car accidents caused by negligent drivers could pursue damage recovery through the Florida civil justice system. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits could result in financial relief if the defendants can prove negligence on another driver’s part.