You just never know when another vehicle is going to slam into yours on the roadway. Florida highways can be extremely cluttered, busy places, and no matter how safe a driver you happen to be, there's not much you can do (if anything at all) about another motorist's actions. You may have already experienced situations where you narrowly averted disaster. Perhaps you noticed a car maneuvering erratically on the highway, so you kept your distance to avoid collision.
Driving in Florida is a complex task that requires attention to detail and focus. It can be challenging for individuals with ADHD to pay attention and focus for extended periods of time. So it comes as no surprise that individuals with ADHD may have a higher propensity to be distracted while driving and increase their chances of getting in an automobile accident.
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have stated that over 9.5 million Americans work a night shift or rotational shift. Moreover, 28 percent of these admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous year. Drowsy driving, which is considered a public health hazard, may be more linked to shift work than some people realize.
Some Florida drivers may be aware that, after decades of declining rates of car accident fatalities, the numbers have suddenly surged within the last few years. In fact, in 2016, more than 100 people died every day as a result of a car accident. Although regulators do not have any ideas as to why car accident deaths are on the rise once again, there are signs that it could be due to smartphone use.
Florida motorists may have heard that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that in 2016, a total of 37,461 people died in car crashes around the country, a high not seen since 2007, when 41,259 people died. There was a 4 percent increase in deaths caused by speeding and a 4.6 percent increase in deaths due to not buckling up, though a growing culprit, distracted driving, was actually responsible for 2.2 percent fewer deaths than the previous year.
A study sponsored by the American Automobile Association indicates that people who are shopping for cars want the latest technology, and that the technology may actually make driving more dangerous. Drivers in Florida and across the country want their vehicles to come equipped with features for hands-free calling and texting, and they want the latest in fancy dashboards. With backing from AAA, researchers from the University of Utah found that, of 30 systems examined in 2017 model cars, none required only a low level of demand on the part of drivers.
Only two states were the scene of more fatal car accidents than Florida in 2013 according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but there are steps that motorists in the Sunshine State can take to increase their chances of reaching their destinations unharmed. Experts say that reducing their speeds, fastening their seat belts and remaining alert are the best things that drivers can do to mitigate their accident risks, and this advice may especially useful to motorists who are making short trips on roads they know well.
For Florida drivers, as well as those around the country, there are strong disparities in the concept of distracted driving. Often, people are against an unsafe driving habit but believe they themselves are able to handle the unsafe habit. Such is the case with texting while driving.
Florida residents might think that speeding is more dangerous than driving slowly. While this is true in many cases, there are times when driving too slow is also risky behavior. Both reckless and overly cautious drivers can present challenges to others.
After a long summer, many Florida residents enjoy the respite that fall provides. Mild temperatures bring colorful leaves, pumpkin patches and apple cider. However, autumn also welcomes some hazardous driving conditions. For example, those bright and colorful leaves can make driving conditions slippery and hide traffic lines.