Drivers in Florida and across the U.S. are using their cell phones to text and send emails more frequently than they did a few years ago, according to a new study. The study, which was released on Jan. 24, was conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
For some Florida residents, it may be impossible to avoid driving while drowsy. However, there are steps that people can take to avoid operating a motor vehicle while tired. If there is a passenger in the vehicle, that person could take over driving duties while the original driver takes a nap. A passenger may also be able to tell a driver if he or she is displaying symptoms of drowsy driving.
Whether on highways or in parking lots, aggressive and impatient drivers are not hard to come by. Road rage is a serious issue, but by following a few tips, any driver in Florida can help defuse that anger. It all starts with one's self: stay calm when offended by another driver, and do not honk the horn, flash the high beams or make inflammatory gestures. In fact, there should be no eye contact.
The UN has a stated goal of halving global road traffic deaths between 2016 and 2020. While the rate of traffic deaths has decreased, it is unlikely that this goal will be met. However, there are several steps that countries around the world can take to make roads safer. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, there were 1.35 million traffic deaths in Florida and throughout the world in 2016.
Florida drivers may not think about headlights needing regular inspection and maintenance, but the American Automobile Association says otherwise. Its research shows that old headlights only produce a little more than 20 percent of the light that fully working beams provide. In a press release, AAA recommended using original manufacturer parts as replacements. While aftermarket parts worked at a capacity of 83 to 90 percent, they were less intense overall and also tended to create a glare for other drivers.
Florida residents may be aware that a lack of sleep creates a dangerous situation for drivers. However, many motorists fail to change their sleeping habits. A U.S. Department of Transportation survey found that one in three adult drivers in the nation sleep fewer than seven hours (seven to nine hours is the ideal amount). This is crucial because an estimated 7 percent of motor vehicle crashes, or 330,000 crashes a year, are due to drowsy driving.
Teen Driver Safety Week in Florida and across the country aims to spread information about safe driving habits for young drivers. The results of new research on teen driving have been released, and they show that the presence of at least one adult passenger in a vehicle driven by a teen could decrease accident risk.
The rainy season in Florida typically lasts several months each year. Rain, thunderstorms and hail can all pose safety risks to drivers. One of the biggest dangers of driving in rainy weather is hydroplaning.
According to a new study, taking a supplemental drivers' education program that includes a trip to a hospital could help teens in Florida better understand the consequences of risky driving. However, the study, which was conducted by researchers at Baylor University, was unable to determine if the program caused teens to adopt safer driving habits.
The intersection of Pine Log Road and Carthage Road in Robeson County is the spot of many serious traffic collisions, including the death of a young college student in 2011. After the fatal incident, the N.C. Department of Transportation investigated the incident and installed a few road signs warning drivers about the intersection. Unfortunately, accidents at the spot did not stop. Rural roads like these in Florida and other states are considered particularly dangerous.