The roads you travel vary in the different areas that your trips take you. On Florida roadways, you could easily end up on two-lane roads with little traffic, or you may need to utilize main highways or interstates with considerably more traffic. Whatever the case, important rules exist that you need to follow as a driver.
In addition to following the laws and posted directions, you can help yourself stay safe on highways by remaining a cautious and conscientious driver. Accidents can easily happen, especially if you are not completely familiar with an area, so paying attention can act in your best interests and those of other travelers.
You may take highways and interstate roads on a regular basis, but you may still want to refresh yourself on certain safety tips to lessen your chances of causing a serious accident. Some actions to keep in mind include the following:
- Stay to the right: Depending on the area, left lanes may only be used for passing slower vehicles. Therefore, you should pay attention to any instructions for this regulation and stay in the right lane if you are not certain.
- Know the speed limit: Speed limit signs appear periodically along roadways. If you are in an unfamiliar area, make sure you learn the speed limit as soon as possible to avoid tickets and putting yourself and others at unnecessary risk.
- Avoid distractions: No matter what type of road you travel, always make sure to pay attention and avoid distractions while behind the wheel.
- Keep your distance: Leaving enough space between your vehicle and the one in front of you can help give you time to stop suddenly if needed.
- Remain “semi conscious”: Semi-trucks often cause anxiety in drivers of smaller vehicles, but you can help yourself and truck drivers by using your blinkers and giving the trucks plenty of room. Also, pay attention to their mirrors and stay out of blind spots.
These tips are just a few that could help you and other drivers on the road. Taking the time to act safely while behind the wheel could save lives.
Still, you may end up in a crash due to another driver acting recklessly or negligently. If so, the incident could result in your suffering serious injuries. In such a case, a personal injury claim may help you pursue compensation for those injuries, medical bills and other damages permitted under state law.