Snowbirds Increase Traffic Florida
October 10, 2019
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Snowbird season is here once more and with it comes an increase in traffic, increasing the risk of accidents in Florida. With the advent of winter, visitors from the colder climates flock to Florida for the warm winter weather and all the fun and relaxation the state has to offer. For year-round residents of The Sunshine State, this can mean more traffic and stress, increasing the risk of traffic accidents.

Florida welcomes these winter-only residents with open arms, but the problems often arise when snowbirds aren’t familiar with local traffic rules and patterns. All of this can mean distracted drivers and thus the increase in car accidents. To help you avoid accidents in the winter despite increased traffic, here are some tips.

  • Be the good driver you want others to be. Remain calm and courteous to other drivers and avoid becoming agitated or angry when others fail to meet your driving expectations. When you get angry or frustrated with other drivers, you are more likely to make a mistake and possible cause an accident. If traffic is congested and you get stuck, listen to your favorite music or talk with your passengers while you wait patiently. Don’t get impatient if the car ahead of you is moving slowly – they may be lost, looking for a specific address, or simply elderly and driving more deliberately to be safe.
  • Don’t tailgate, as it prevents you from having enough room to brake safely and avoid a rear-end collision. Tailgating might also stress out the driver ahead and result in an accident. Wait for the opportunity to pass safely. And always be courteous and respectful to other drivers, treating them the way you want to be treated.
  • Drive the speed limit. Staying within the posted speed limit not only saves you gas, but also decreases the chances of having an accident. When you drive the speed limit you have greater reaction time and increased ability to brake and avoid obstacles and other cars. Always drive cautiously and within the speed limit, allowing you to reach your destination safely.
  • Don’t drive distracted. Staying alert while driving, whether on a weekend getaway or a trip to the local grocery store is the key to avoiding accidents. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. Looking away for only a few seconds, checking your phone, talking or texting while driving, as well as eating or drinking and adjusting the radio or checking the GPS are all common distractions which can lead to an unwanted crash. While driving it is more important to focus on other drivers whose quick turns without a signal or sudden lane changes can cause an accident in a moment’s notice.
  • Practice safe driving even in parking lots. While parking lot accidents don’t often feature speed as a factor, distractions can create issues leading to accidents. With cars, people, and shopping carts all around, drive slowly and pay attention when in local parking lots to avoid accidents and damage to your vehicle.

When snowbird season arrives and all year round, defensive driving habits will keep you safe, but should you find yourself injured in a car accident, call on the team at County Line Chiropractic Medical and Rehab to find the best solution for you and your injury, and get the pain relief you need.

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