Some car accidents are hard to prevent. If another driver decides to drive under the influence and crashes suddenly into your car, or if you have a sudden medical emergency behind the wheel, you may not be able to react in time to prevent a crash. Many collisions are preventable, however. Here are the top ways to stay safe on Florida’s roads.
- Always obey speed limits, stop signs and red lights, and obey traffic laws in general. They’re there to keep everyone safe.
- Avoid distractions, including eating, using your phone, or anything else that takes your attention away from driving. Even daydreaming can cause a collision.
- Use your seatbelt and ensure all passengers are wearing theirs as well.
- Check your mirrors before making a turn or changing lanes. Use your mirrors to stay aware of what is happening around you on the road.
- Only drive when you’re alert. If you’re tired, find an alternative form of transportation, or even pull over to take a nap. Driving fatigued means driving with poorer judgement and slower response times. Some studies have even found that driving sleepy is similar to driving drunk when it comes to the effects and dangers.
- Leave plenty of room in front of you. If the car in front of you suddenly brakes, the extra room lets you stop in time.
- Avoid tailgating, cutting off other drivers, and driving aggressively. It can increase the risk of car collisions and road rage incidents.
- Use your headlights at night, during the bad weather, and during the day to stay visible.
- Think a few moves ahead and stay alert to your surroundings so you’re less likely to be surprised by other drivers.
- Plan your route before you drive so you know where you’re going and understand how to get there.
- Get regular maintenance checks for your car to make sure it’s running safely.
- Work on your driving skills by taking a defensive driving course, racing classes, or one-on-one instruction to improve your driving.
- Check weather and traffic conditions before you go so you can adjust your driving if needed.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs before driving, even over-the-counter medications that can affect your drowsiness.
- Avoid using high beams when there’s oncoming traffic, since it can make it more difficult for other drivers to see.
If other drivers have not followed these tips and a motorist’s recklessness has caused your car collision and injuries, call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 to speak to a live person 24/7 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a car accident attorney who can review whether you might have a claim in your case.