Florida has the third busiest roads in the U.S.. Jason Weisser, Personal Injury Attorney comments on tips to staying safe on our highways.
The average American motorist puts about almost 14,000 miles on his or her car each year — and those miles add up.
As you can imagine, states with the highest populations often have the busiest roadways. California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Michigan are home to the busiest interstates in the country, according to a report by the Federal Highway Administration. And, with the exception of Virginia, the top 10 busiest interstates fall in line with population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Regardless of where you live – or how many miles you’ve traveled – it’s important to drive safely. The first place to start is our nations interstates and Florida has several that are hundreds of miles long and are some of the most traveled in the county.
Watch Your Speed
It may seem like a no-brainer, but with so many cars on the road, it’s wise to nice to other motorists and mindful of all traffic laws. Travel at the posted speed limit in good conditions, and adjust your speed when the going gets rough. Factors like ice, rain and snow, as well as construction and bumper-to-bumper traffic, are all signs that you may need to slow down.
Maintain a Safe Following Distance
Nobody likes being tailgated, and if the driver in front of you has to come to a quick stop, following too closely could have dangerous consequences. That’s why it’s important to maintain a safe following distance from the car ahead of you. You may need to increase the distance between your car and the vehicle ahead of you if it is a motorcycle, for example, as they can come to a stop more quickly than heavier vehicles. And, you may also need to do the same if it’s raining or snowing, as it can take your car longer to stop on slick roads.
On many highways, the left lane is considered the passing lane, so if you’re not overtaking a slower-moving vehicle, stay in the right lane. Some interstates have signs posted to enforce this rule, and in some cases you could be given a ticket by a highway patrol officer if you’re camping out in the left lane.
Maximize Your Visibility
A good view from the driver’s seat will help ensure your safety, and it’s also important to make sure that other drivers can see you. Turn on your headlights when the sun sets or whenever you use your windshield wipers, and make sure that your windshield, windows and all exterior lights are clean.
Be Alert and Well-Rested
Good road manners start with you, so don't be distracted by things like your smartphone, and give the highway your undivided attention. Make sure you’re getting enough rest, too. Stop to stretch every couple hours and avoid drowsy driving. If you’re yawning or starting to drift between lanes, that’s probably a sign that you should be getting some shut-eye instead of driving.
Whether you’re a seasoned driver just looking to brush up on your skills, or a new motorist getting ready for your first road trip, following these tips will help keep you safe on our busy highways.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Shuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck comments on highway driver safety: “Many people in Florida drive more miles on highways then city streets. Please do everything possible to keep your time driving over 70 miles per hour as safe as possible”.
Jason Weisser is a personal injury attorney specializing in all types auto and motorcycle accidents. For more information and to find out what rights you have contact him at Shuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Lawyer. Mr. Weisser is actively involved in Civil Trial Litigation specializing in wrongful death from Traffic Accidents. He also is an expert on Medical Malpractice, Class Action litigation, Trucking Accidents, Maritime Actions, Products Liability, Consumer Law and Motor Vehicle Accidents. https://www.shw-law.com/attorneys/jason-d-weisser/