5 Florida Summer Driving Tips To You Help Avoid Car Accidents
Florida doesn’t experience winter the way most U.S. states do, but it still manages to become more hot and humid during the summer months. It also becomes busy on the main highways as tourists drive in from all over and the snowbirds head back north to their summer homes.
Accidents are unfortunately frequent out there, and while we at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh are happy to represent the victims of car accidents, we’re even happier when people are able to stay safe and reach their destinations. So when you’re out on the road during a long Florida summer, stay aware of your surroundings and keep these driving tips in mind.
Keep Your Sunglasses Handy
Depending on the day, driving with sunglasses in Florida isn’t just a good idea, it’s practically required. The state’s high humidity keeps the sun from glaring too brightly, but in exchange the rest of the sky becomes brighter. Even when the sun is high in the sky and you’re driving due north, wearing sunglasses is a great help in making sure you can see the road and the other vehicles around you.
Never Leave Anything Sitting In Your Car
This tip has nothing to do with driving, but it’s still worth repeating. Direct sunlight lets heat into your car, but the glass windows keep it from escaping. Your car can quickly heat up in summer and reach incredibly hot temperatures, making it dangerous for any child or pet left inside. Even if you’re only going to be away for a few minutes, you’re better off taking your child with you or else tying your dog’s leash to a tree.
Watch For Cyclists And Pedestrians
Thanks to the summer heat, Florida drivers have to share the road with motorcycles, bicycles, and a surprising number of pedestrians. If you’re used to only looking out for cars, you’ll need to retrain your eyes to keep tabs on smaller vehicles so you don’t run into them. This goes double for urban driving since every kind of vehicle and pedestrians share the same space and often approach each other at right angles.
Get A Spring Servicing
It’s a good idea to have a qualified mechanic give your vehicle a thorough inspection twice per year no matter how much or how little driving you do. This lets you keep tabs on how your engine oil is doing, whether it’s time to flush the coolant or not, whether your spark plugs or your belts need replacing, and whether your tires need a little more air. After all, while car radiators are a lot more reliable than they used to be, that’s only true if the coolant fluid hasn’t leaked out.
Watch For Blowing Sand
Sandy beaches are nice on the feet, but they’re not so nice when the sand blows onto the streets. Florida rarely sees snow, but sand can be just as slippery if enough of it builds up on the asphalt. If you’re near a beach and you see sand on the road, be sure to slow down so you can stay in control of your vehicle.
If you do end up in an accident this summer despite your best efforts, you can contact any of our local law offices to get a free initial case review. As for everyone else, stay safe, stay aware, keep your vehicle in top condition, and make sure you take some time to enjoy the lovely Florida weather. After all, Florida has one of the strongest tourism industries in America and it’s all thanks to the state’s wonderful climate.