Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by inattention and impulsivity. These core symptoms can interfere with one's driving, which is why ADHD patients tend to run a high risk for car crashes. Florida motorists should know about a study published in JAMA Psychiatry back in 2017 that shows how ADHD medication can help lower that risk.
If a person in Florida has a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher, he or she is legally drunk. At this point, there is enough alcohol in the system to make it hard to react properly to changing road conditions. Younger adults are more prone to causing drunk driving accidents that result in death as opposed to older individuals. This is generally true even if they have had the same amount to drink.
When people shop for new cars in Florida, they encounter many vehicles equipped with safety technologies like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, front crash prevention and automatic emergency brakes. With increasing numbers of vehicles equipped with systems designed to prevent crashes, a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety predicted that accident numbers could decline by 20 to 30 percent by the 2030s. A separate analysis from Bank of America Merrill Lynch agreed that the advanced safety technology could compensate for the problems that have been driving the accident rate upward for seven years.
External airbags are an emerging safety feature that could reduce vehicle occupants' injuries by as much as 40 percent. This is according to new safety data from the ZF Group, one of many car parts manufacturers that are developing external airbag technology. While these airbags are far from being perfected, much less implemented on vehicles, ZF has a concrete strategy for moving forward.
With the approach of winter, drivers in Florida will need to prepare themselves and their vehicles. While winters in the Sunshine State are often mild, inclement weather is still a possibility. That's why it's wise to have a mechanic ensure that components like brakes, an ignition and batteries are ready for the cold. The mechanic could also check tire pressure and antifreeze levels. Drivers should know the function of basic safety features like anti-lock braking and traction control.
Drivers in Florida may be curious about the benefits of advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking. This, combined with a forward collision warning system, alerts drivers to the risk for a crash and, if the driver does not respond in time, can brake for the driver. More and more vehicles come with it, and 20 automakers have pledged to make it standard on all their vehicles by September 2022.
Driving in Florida or any other state can be difficult during the dawn and dusk hours. This is because bright sunshine can make it difficult to see or judge where other cars or people are. One way to make driving in bright conditions easier is to buy a pair of sunglasses. In addition, drivers should make use of their sun visors as it will block sunlight without impairing their vision.
While Halloween may be a time of revelry for children in Florida and throughout the country, it can be a dangerous day as well. There is a 12-hour window starting at 6 p.m. on October 31 that lasts until 6 a.m. on November 1 in which people are most likely to be killed in drunk driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Teen drivers in Florida are statistically more likely to be involved in serious car accidents than drivers in all other age groups. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released driver statistics regarding teen driver safety ahead of National Teen Driver Safety Week.
Drivers in Florida who use car safety features like blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking run the risk of becoming complacent on the road. It should be kept in mind that such features are meant to assist, not replace, drivers. However, a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that overreliance on car safety tech is a widespread trend.