Tomorrow is the first day of summer so there is no better time that to alert you to the Safe Summer Travel Campaign launched by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). This campaign reminds motorists to plan ahead to avoid the risk of a car accident during summer travel.
Unlawful speed can cause car accidents and put a damper on your summer travel. In June and July 2019, there were 120,336 citations issued for unlawful speed. Driving the speed limit will provide additional time to stop to avoid a car accident. Remember the precious cargo (your family) you are carrying and be smart about your speed during your summer travel.
Sadly, each summer, we read about children who die because they are left in an unattended car. Since 1998, 93 child heatstroke deaths have occurred in Florida, more than any other state except Texas. According to the FLHSMV, the inside of a vehicle can heat by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes and cracking a window open does little to keep the vehicle cool.
- Slow down, stay cool. Obey all posted speed limits. Speeding and driving aggressively increases the probability and severity of a crash.
- Check all tires, including the spare. As a vehicle’s first line of defense, tires should be routinely inspected and maintained to ensure they are in good condition. Check the vehicle’s tire pressure and ensure the vehicle’s tires have adequate tire tread. Under-inflated tires can overheat. Never overload a vehicle; it can result in premature tire wear, blowouts and hydroplaning.
- NEVER leave children or pets in vehicles unattended. Summer can be incredibly hot in Florida and leaving children or pets unattended for even a short time can be deadly. Make sure all passengers are accounted for when exiting the vehicle.
- Register emergency contact information. In the event of an emergency, make sure law enforcement knows who to call. The FLHSMV allows all driver license and ID card holders to register up to two designated emergency contacts. Log on to flhsmv.gov/eci to register or update contacts.
- Prepare for driving in inclement weather. Remember, we get almost daily afternoon showers and summer is hurricane season in Florida so drivers should be aware of changing weather and road conditions. Drivers should know their evacuation routes, check road closures and call *FHP to report unsafe road conditions.
- Check for recalls. Always make sure your vehicle is in peak condition to travel. Check for recalls before hitting the road at safercar.gov.
- Drive Sober. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver or call a ride service. Report impaired drivers by dialing *FHP (*347) or 911.
- The public is encouraged to report aggressive or impaired drivers by dialing *FHP (*347) or 911 and check traffic conditions before departing for their trip.
Enjoy your summer travel. Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!
Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson help families who are impacted by a Tampa Bay car accident. Attorney Matthew Noyes even wrote a book on it – Do You Really Need An Attorney After a Car Accident. If you have questions after a car accident, call Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.