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If you are still shopping for the holidays and have drivers on your list, there are some great last-minute gift ideas that could help the motorists on your list stay safe for years to come:

1) Rear-view cameras.

Back-over accidents in Miami and other communities are especially tragic because they often involve children. These accidents take place because children can easily stay hidden in the blind spots of a car if they are playing directly behind a vehicle. Rear-view cameras allow a driver to see far more clearly behind the vehicle, which can help them avoid back-over accidents, parking lot accidents, and other collisions. Rear-view cameras sometimes come bundled with GPS systems as well.

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Driving on Hollywood streets means that you have to share the road with others, including truck drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. Unfortunately, many motorcycle crashes in Hollywood and other South Florida areas happen because drivers failed to see a motorcycle in time. To reduce the risk that this will happen to you, make sure that you:

1) Slow down and look for other users of the road.

Speeding is a big factor in many roadway accidents. Slowing down ensures that you have time and room to stop suddenly if you need to in order to avoid a collision. It is especially important to slow down at intersections; many intersection accidents in Hollywood and other cities happen because drivers are too impatient. Slowing down ensures that you can see other users of the road in time.

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You will probably be on the road between now and the end of December. You may be visiting family or taking care of holiday-related errands or even just doing your usual morning commute. During the next six weeks or so, though, the situation on the roads may become more dangerous as more motorists will be on the roads and drunk driving will potentially be a problem due to holiday parties. While you can’t control what other drivers do, you can do five simple things to make holiday driving safer:

1) Buckle your seatbelt.

This is the busiest time to be on the roads, and traffic crashes are more likely due to higher traffic and other dangers. Even a minor rear-end collision in Homestead or your community can be serious if you are not wearing a seatbelt and your body snaps forward with the force of impact. A seatbelt keeps you securely in your seat and keeps you from being thrown around in the event of a collision. It only takes a few seconds to buckle up, but it could save your life.

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Are you renting a car this holiday season? Many people will be, whether they are renting a vehicle at the airport when visiting friends or renting a small van or truck to get trees or other holiday purchases home. If you are planning on renting a vehicle, however, you will want to keep some safety tips in mind to ensure that your rental is safe and takes you where you need to go.

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When renting a vehicle, make sure you ask some questions, including:

1) How has this vehicle been maintained?

Unfortunately, some rental trucks and cars have poor safety records. Investigative reports have found mechanical problems with rental vehicles before and some customers have accused rental companies of renting unsafe vehicles. When taking a look at the vehicle with the rental company representative, ask questions about any potential problems and take photos of any signs of damage (this can protect you later on if you are accused of causing the damage). Ask for a new vehicle if you notice poor steering, unexplained noises, or other issues. If you will be traveling in the car for some time, consider taking it to a mechanic to make sure it is safe.

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Holiday drivers face extra hazards at this time of year. There are distracted, ill, and drunk drivers on Hollywood and Florida roads and the roads are often filled with more drivers due to holiday events and shopping. The extra traffic, extra drinking, and added stress can all add up to more dangers on the roads. However, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of being injured in a collision at this time of year:

1) Get your car into the best condition possible.

This is a good time to get a tune-up. The better your car responds, the better your chances of avoiding a collision, especially if you need to maneuver suddenly to avoid a crash. Pay attention to your tires and brakes in particular. Make sure that your car’s tires have good treads that grip the road and ensure that brakes work so that you can avoid parking lot crashes and other collisions common at this time of year.

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During the holidays, drunk driving accidents in Homestead and other Florida communities may be more of a risk as many holiday events include alcohol. In addition, the stress of the holiday season can sometimes lead to fatigued or distracted driving. To stay safe this season, you will need to have a plan in place to get home safely if you have been drinking. Your drive safe plan should include:

1) A list of numbers you can call.

Have a list of numbers you can call in the event that you cannot get home safely. Your list should include taxi companies, friends and family, and local hotels where you can stay for the night until you can get home safely. Consider keeping a paper copy in your wallet in case something happens to your cell phone. On your phone, consider installing an app that lets you contact local hotels or taxis for a safe drive home. There are apps specifically designed to prevent drunk driving.

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Florida is fortunate in that it does not have to deal with the heavy snows, ice, and other winter weather so common in many parts of the country. Despite that, Florida drivers can’t get too complacent about winter driving. Bad weather can happen anywhere and at any time . In Florida in the winter, rainy ways, fog, and other weather conditions can still lead to car accidents in Aventura, Miami, Hollywood, and other Florida cities.

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Experts recommend a few things for drivers who need to drive in bad weather:

1) Give yourself more room.

Drivers in good weather need to leave about 3 seconds space in front of them when driving behind a vehicle. This means that when passing a sign or other marker, you should be able to count 3 seconds after the vehicle in front of you passes before you pass the same marker. In bad weather, you need to increase your following distance to at least for seconds or more. If you hydroplane or lose control of your car in a slick surface, this extra time allows you to brake in order to avoid an accident. Leave even more time if you are driving when the rain first starts. According to experts, when rain first starts the roads are even slicker because oil may combine with the rain before it is washed away.

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Florida cities have been ranked among the worst in the nation for pedestrians and bicyclists, and three years ago the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) responded with studies into road safety as well as potential design changes to make streets safer for all users. One of the changes Florida DOT is considering making is narrowing lanes. According to some experts, narrower lanes encourage drivers to slow down, which makes streets safer for pedestrians and bikers. In Miami Beach, Alton Road is one of the roads that is being redesigned with narrower lanes.

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Traffic accidents in Miami Beach and other cities can occur due to busy downtown cores and due to suburban street design, which is often created for cars rather than pedestrians. One problem is that downtown urban streets are often designed with the same features as highways, which just encourage drivers to go faster. Part of the reason is because much of Florida was developed during the boom in the first few decades of the 20th century. At the time, there was less of a focus on walking and bicycling and more of a focus on making streets accessible to cars. Some communities were built largely for car traffic, with less thought to other forms of traffic.

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If you are a teen with a new driver’s license, you may be eager to get on the road. But did you know that teen drivers have higher rates of car accidents in Miami and other cities when compared with adult drivers? The problem is that even if you have done all the work and gotten your license, you are still learning all the ins and outs of operating a motor vehicle. If you live in a city like Miami, you also have to contend with high volumes of traffic and other drivers.

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You can help avoid a car accident by following these tips designed especially for teen drivers:

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Wrong way accidents in Homestead, Tampa, and other Florida cities are a major cause of concern. In the past year, for example, in the Tampa area eleven people were killed in wrong way collisions on just a few sections of the same highway. According to local authorities, wrong way accidents are a common problem in the area as well as in other communities.

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According to experts, there are several issues that could contribute to wrong way accidents:

1) Poor road design. Road design that allows cars easily cross barriers or drive the wrong way on streets can contribute to wrong way accidents. In addition, unclear road markings can also mean that drivers end up driving on the wrong side of the road.

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