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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 , 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.

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

5 Florida Summer Driving Tips To You Help Avoid Car Accidents

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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