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Snowbirds are back! Tips for dealing with heavy traffic

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

With the snowbirds back in Florida, traffic on the roadways is heavier. All drivers have to ensure they’re take appropriate steps to deal with the congestion. It takes all drivers being safe to help everyone get to their destinations safely.

One of the most important things to do is to give yourself enough time to get to where you’re going. This could mean leaving home earlier than normal. You can check a website that offers live traffic updates to get an idea of how long it will take you to get there. Drivers who aren’t rushing are more likely to drive safely.

Leave space for other drivers

Tailgating can lead to crashes, even in the best conditions. Make sure that you aren’t driving too close to other vehicles. Hopefully, other drivers will return the favor. Being an appropriate distance from other drivers, which is typically a 3-second interval, can also open up your line of sight so you can see turn signals and signs that might indicate you need to take action.

Prepare your vehicle

Make sure your vehicle is ready for driving in heavy traffic. Knowing that your vehicle has good brakes and tires can help you as you’re driving on the roads. You should also check the lights to ensure that other drivers know where you’re going and what you’re doing. Check fluid levels, including windshield wiper fluid, because these can also impact your safety while you’re driving.

Have a medical evaluation if you’re in a crash

All crashes should be treated as significant incidents. They should be reported to the authorities. Most people should have a medical evaluation to determine if they have any injuries. Some injuries, such as those involving the brain, can take a while to manifest. Even if you notice something weeks after the wreck, you should still get medical care.

Ultimately, victims of motor vehicle crashes that are caused by a negligent driver may opt to pursue a compensation claim. This can help them to cover medical care, lost wages and other expenses. Florida law limits how long you have to do this, so be sure you act swiftly so you don’t miss the deadline.