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Staying Safe on the Road: Be Sure to Keep These Tips in Mind

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Author

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Date

Apr. 12, 2016

Category

Car Accident Law

The weather in Florida is generally beautiful all year long. With all the wonderful beaches and outdoor activities available, it’s no wonder that individuals from throughout the U.S. flock to Florida to take advantage of fun in the sun and warm temperatures. That being the case, because there are so many people on the road, it is important for residents and visitors to stay as safe as possible when traveling on Florida roadways.

David Fuchs, a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer, wants you and your family to be careful when traveling. All drivers are encouraged to keep the following tips in mind as they hit the highway.

Tips to Keep You Safe on the Highway

TIP 1: First and foremost, before you take off to your chosen destination, always be sure to buckle up. We’ve all heard this before, but there are still drivers and passengers alike who will get into a vehicle and begin their trip without putting on their seatbelts. Seatbelts have been shown to save lives, so you are strongly encouraged to wear them for each and every trip you take in a vehicle.

TIP 2: Whether you are taking a long trip to see a loved one or driving your daily commute to work, it is extremely important to make sure you are well rested. If you are tired, you undoubtedly will be less alert. Drowsiness and tiredness can lead to accidents that can be quite serious – or even deadly. Accordingly, you may want to consider making frequent stops if the trip is especially long, and if you’re traveling with another person who can drive, take turns driving.

TIP 3: Drivers are also encouraged to pay attention to the road and avoid distractions. We live in a technology-rich world, full of gadgets and gizmos that can be used to help us travel. However, taking your eyes off the road for even a second can result in serious consequences for you, your passengers and other travelers on the road. That said, if you know you like to talk on the phone, no matter where you are, consider tucking your cell phone away in the glove box or console to avoid the temptation to use it.

TIP 4: Another way to keep yourself and your passengers safe while traveling is to take your time and abide by posted speed limits. Traveling too fast (or even too slow) can certainly increase your odds of being involved in an accident.

TIP 5: Travelers should also be prepared for the unexpected. Along with your bags and luggage, be sure to include a travel kit in the trunk of your vehicle. You never know what situation you may run into when traveling, so your kit should include items such as snacks, water, a first aid kit, a battery-operated radio, a flashlight and emergency contact information (in case you are incapacitated due to an accident or some other event). You are also advised to plan ahead and learn more about potential weather events that may take place on your intended route.

If you or someone you love has been involved in an auto accident that has resulted in injuries, contact David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. for help today.