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Trying to catch a flight can be stressful. Getting to Miami airport or any airport area safely can be challenging because these areas tend to attract many people and many airports routinely undergo construction, which means detours, crowds, and difficulty getting around. Signage may not always be ideal and the inconvenience of missing a flight can mean you may be tempted to rush.

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When you’re heading to Miami airport or any local airport from Hollywood, you may be at risk of a collision. People dropping off or picking up passengers can create a lot of chaos near the airport and drivers may be distracted by looking for a gate or drop-off area. In addition, airports can be confusing, with cars, taxis, pedestrians, and other road users all sharing the same space and all focused on getting to their next destination. If you are traveling early in the morning or late at night, you may also be dealing with fatigued or groggy drivers, further adding to the risk.

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When we talk about safe driving in Hollywood and South Florida, we often talk about avoiding distraction, drunk driving, and other dangers. While these are all important, it’s also crucial to set up your vehicle so it helps you drive safely.

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If you drive often or drive for work, especially, it is important to ensure your car is set up for ergonomics. You can do this by reading your car manual and:

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You may have heard about mindful eating and mindful living. A number of experts have suggested when we put our focus on whatever it is we’re doing—whether it’s eating or completing everyday tasks—we get better outcomes. With food, we are less likely to overeat. With work, we are less likely to make errors.

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Maybe it’s time for mindful driving, too.

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Now that the New Year has arrived, it’s time to take stock of ways you can reduce your risk of serious injury. Driving is one of the most hazardous things most of us do on a daily basis, so becoming safer on your daily commute can do much to lower your risk of injury overall.

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Drivers in Hollywood, Miami and across Florida face risks every time they get behind the wheel. Whether it’s drunk drivers, poor infrastructure, distraction, or other dangers, it only takes seconds to cause an accident. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce your risk:

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At this time of year, many Hollywood residents are spending more time in retail centers across South Florida. You are likely driving to many shopping areas to cross off your holiday shopping list. Unfortunately, so is everyone else. The added traffic and the realities of holiday driving can put you at risk of car accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida.

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Surprisingly, parking lots are one of the sites where accidents can easily happen. Even though these accidents tend not to be fatal, they can be devastating. It is not uncommon for these collisions to lead to fractures, head injuries, crushing injuries, and even fatalities. Parking lots at this time of year get very busy and they include shoppers walking around, children running around, cars, and large trucks making deliveries. All of these people and vehicles sharing a small space can result in collisions.

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At this time of year, holiday events many of us are on the road. Whether we’re dropping children off at holiday events at school or driving to family homes for holiday dinners, we’re spending more time in the car. This can lead to an increase in car accidents in Homestead for a few reasons:

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Whether you’re traveling for a professional conference, business meeting, or other event, you may decide to take your car, a rental, or a company car instead of flying. While most business trips are productive, they can also be a hazard.

Driving for work can put you at risk of car accidents, especially if you’re distracted by work matters, are in an unfamiliar city, or are trying to tackle projects and aren’t getting as much sleep as usual. You may not know what parts of the city heavy traffic or other dangers and your sleep schedule have may change as you take part in work events. You may be risk of distracted driving or fatigued driving accidents.

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Scientists know that brain development in teenagers is very different than brain structure in adults. Teenagers still have brains that are developing, which can make it harder for them to evaluate the long-term consequences of their actions. It is one reason why teens are not allowed to drink until they are older, since they need the extra time to grow and accumulate experience to ensure they can handle alcohol safely.

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Teen drivers can fall prey to peer pressure or inexperience, which can contribute to car accidents. If you have a teen driver in Homestead or anywhere in South Florida, you may want to talk to them about safe driving. A safe driving plan can include:

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Being in a car accident in Hollywood or South Florida can be a problem, leading to serious injury. However, there are other dangers on the road, too. For example, if your car breaks down on a highway or major road, you could be at risk of a secondary accident, pedestrian accident, and other injuries.

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If you ever find your car breaking down on a major road or highway, there are a few things you will want to do to reduce your risk:

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Driving alone at night in Homestead or anywhere in Florida comes with some added dangers. Fatigued driving accidents are more common at night, as are drunk driving accidents. Visibility is poor and more wildlife may be on the roads. Driving alone at night can also make you a possible target for potential criminals.

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Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to stay safer on the roads:

1) Improve visibility: Make sure you take care of your eyes and have the right lens prescription if you wear glasses on contact lenses. If you wear glasses, consider a no-glare coating so you can see well at night. Adjust the interior and dash light to further prevent glare. If you wear contact lenses, avoid driving at night after a full day of wearing contacts, when they may be dried and uncomfortable. Use headlights and high beams, as needed, to allow other drivers to see you.

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