For the second year in a row, Florida has been ranked the #1 state for the worst drivers. For those of us in Central Florida, this doesn’t come as a big surprise. The financial company, Smart Asset determined the raking by examining fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven, arrests for driving under the influence per 1,000 drivers, percentage of insured drivers and driving ticket trends.
Florida also had the second highest number of non-insured drivers in the country, even though drivers are required to carry insurance by the state.
Mississippi, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Delaware rounded out the top five states with the worst drivers. The study also determined that the most dangerous drivers were in the South and that New England had some of the best drivers.
Here are some safe driving tips to remember to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road- and hopefully help Florida stay off the list next year.
- Avoid Speeding. Speeding is one of the biggest causes of auto accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) – it is also 100% preventable.
- Drive Distraction-Free. Many people believe distracted driving is a teen epidemic. But in a recent study, adults are just as likely to drive distracted. Distracted driving endangers the lives of passengers, pedestrians and drivers and can include any of the following:
- Texting or talking on a cell phone
- Adjusting the radio or CD player
- Eating or drinking
- Talking or tending to passengers in the vehicle
- Personal grooming
- Using a navigation system
- Watching videos
- Follow the two-second rule. Leave a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles on the road. The two-second rule is a good rule of thumb, which requires a driver maintain a safe following distance. By following the two-second rule, you will be able to react quicker to road hazards and any unexpected disturbances in traffic patterns.
- Do not drive impaired. 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (29%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States in 2015. DUI’s are not just alcohol-related. Prescription drug use while behind the wheel can also constitute impaired driving and result in a DUI. It is important to read warning labels on your medications and always be prepared to have a designated driver.
- Do not drive aggressive. Yelling at other drivers, tailgating and accelerating through yellow lights are all forms of aggressive driving. If you feel your emotions are running high while behind the wheel, pull over to a safe place to calm down. Not only will you feel better, you will help prevent an accident.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer immediately. Florida drivers have only 14 days to seek initial medical attention to receive insurance benefits after an accident. The damages from a serious car accident are not always covered in a settlement from your insurance company. Many times, the initial settlement offer is barely enough to cover the basic costs associated with your accident. We can guide you through the process of dealing with your insurance company to make sure you are adequately compensated for your injuries and losses. Our experienced team of accident attorneys will help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, property damage, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.