Florida drivers must keep safety in mind at all times. That means following traffic rules and regulations while also avoiding dangerous driving behaviors when on the road. Road & Track highlights three dangerous behaviors and what can happen when drivers fail to make safety a top priority.
Not Paying Attention to Weather Conditions
Inclement weather is a leading cause of accidents, particularly when drivers fail to play it safe. In fact, the Federal Highway Administration claims that 24 percent of accidents results from poor conditions. During a storm, slow down to a more manageable speed and be sure to keep enough room between you and other vehicles in case you need to stop suddenly.
Driving While Distracted
While everyone should be aware of the dangers of distracted driving, very few people are willing to take the proper steps to avoid these behaviors. Distracted driving is more than just texting and driving (although that is a huge concern); eating while driving, talking with passengers, adjusting your GPS, or even daydreaming can all result in serious accidents. When driving, keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind on the task at hand.
Being tired can have a similar effect on driving as being inebriated. Additonally, falling asleep behind the wheel will have deadly results, for both yourself as well as any other drivers you encounter. If you feel tired on a long drive, pull over and get some rest until you’re fit to drive again. If you drive for a living, refrain from logging long hours on the road in order to make deadlines, which is not only dangerous but also illegal in some instances.