The Best Safe Driving Tips for Florida Motorists
Always Wear Your SeatbeltWearing a seatbelt is one of the easiest and most effective ways to lower your risk for death or injury if you’re involved in a crash.
Brake Smoothly and CompletelyWhen you’re preparing to stop, slowly press down on the brake and avoid slamming your foot down. You should also come to a full stop whenever you reach a red light or a stop sign.
Check Your VisibilityBefore you go anywhere—especially if you’re in a new or unfamiliar car—take the time to adjust your rearview and side view mirrors. Your mirrors are certainly important, but when you’re backing up, you should also turn and look in every direction before proceeding.
Allow Room for Yourself and Other DriversWhen you’re braking behind another car, always leave enough space to see that car’s tires. When you’re driving near trucks, you’ll need to leave even more space—keep at least 15 feet between your vehicle and the truck.
Drive Within the Speed LimitIt may be tempting to speed, but remember that your chances of dying or being seriously injured will double for every 10 miles per hour that your car travels over the speed of 50 miles per hour. Doubling your speed will also make your braking distance four times longer.
Get Rid of DistractionsOne of the best ways to stay safe while driving is by avoiding distractions of all kinds. According to distraction.gov, an estimated 416,000 people were injured and 3092 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2010 that involved distracted driving.