To many, summer in Florida means fun in the sun, but it’s also an important time to focus on road safety and driving defensively. Spikes in tourism and traveling between Memorial Day and Labor Day often translate to increased traffic, so here’s a quick quiz to help you keep your cool and arrive alive.
Keep in mind that a child’s body temperature can rise three to five times faster than an adult’s, and heatstroke in a closed vehicle can occur when the temperature outside is as low as 57 degrees.
Don’t let high temperatures and increased traffic bring out the worst in you. Stay hydrated, be patient, and exercise caution.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers in the United States put more than 2.9 trillion miles on their tires each year with approximately 11,000 tire-related crashes. For tips on tire safety and maintenance, go to https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/vehicle-safety/tire-safety/.
It’s important to start planning for a road trip at least a month ahead of time. For a great example of a road checklist and timeline, visit the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ website.
Some examples of recalled items that may create an unreasonable safety risk or may fail to meet minimum safety standards are faulty airbags, car seats, tires, and transmissions.