The holiday travel season is upon us and risks for car accidents in Fort Myers drastically increase during this time. Drivers are urged to plan accordingly for holiday road trips to avoid hazards. Parents, this is an excellent time to talk with teenage drivers about the dangers they’re likely to face on our roadways. Road traffic increases significantly as many visitors make Florida their holiday destination, according to WINK News. Discuss safe driving habits with the young drivers in your life before it’s too late.
Our Fort Myers car accident lawyers understand that weekends and evenings are the most dangerous time for motorists to be on our roadways. You’re urged to check out the Florida 511 app to learn about other real-time traffic delays on our local roadways. Helping to keep your young drivers away from dangerous and busy roadways can help to keep them safe during the busy holiday season.
“Being prepared, understanding what’s ahead, slowing down for conditions, or just being alert or prepared, goes a long way toward safety on our roads,” said Debbie Tower with the Florida Department of Transportation.
Teen drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident than the drivers of any other age group. Talk with your teenager about safely and cautiously navigating our roadways to help avoid a serious traffic accident over the holiday season.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers these tips for parents to share with their teen drivers:
-Make sure all vehicle occupants wear a seat belt at all times.
-Limit the number of passengers who your teen can drive with. Each passenger increases your driver’s risks of getting into an accident.
-Check vehicle tires before venturing out. Tires should be in good condition and properly inflated.
-Always make sure the windshield is clean for maximum visibility.
-Never allow your gas tank below a quarter of a tank. You never know where you’ll get stranded.
-Never drink and drive or ride along with any driver who has been drinking.
-Drive with your headlights on, even during the day, to increase your visibility to oncoming drivers.
-Get the directions you need before you head out rather than while you’re driving.
-Obey all speed limits, traffic signals and traffic lights.
-Curb all distractions when driving.
-Never blast the music in your car. Loud music serves as a driver distraction, too.
-Be aware of the weather conditions and the traffic conditions.
Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force throughout the remainder of the holiday in search of irresponsible drivers. Be safe, courteous and obedient behind the wheel to ring in a safe, injury-free and Happy New Year’s.
If you spot someone on our roadways driving dangerously, please pull over and call F.H.P. at *347.
If you or your teen driver has been injured in a car accident in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sebring or Naples, contact Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, for a knowledgeable explanation regarding your rights. Experienced injury lawyers are available for a free appointment to discuss your case in detail by calling 1-800-283-2900.
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