The holiday season presents a unique set of challenges, especially when
it comes to safe driving. As the end of the year approaches, more people
pour into community spaces such as shopping malls and downtown districts.
Ft. Lauderdale attracts millions of tourists every year, as well as a
mass-return of snowbirds and winter visitors, which means more people
are driving, biking, eating out, seeing the sights, gift-shopping, and
so on. While we don’t have snow and ice in South Florida, the higher
volume of drivers and pedestrians increases the risk of getting into an
accident with a pedestrian or another driver.
The holidays also provide seemingly endless opportunities for celebration,
parties, and having a little too much to drink. Many people tend to consume
more alcohol than normal while on vacation or celebrating a holiday and,
as a result, the number of impaired drivers on the road is disproportionately
larger at this time of year.
We think it’s safe to say that car collisions, auto repairs, and
injury lawsuits aren’t on your holiday wish list. That’s why
we’ve compiled a few key reminders to help you keep yourself and
the people around you safe:
Drive vigilantly and be on the lookout for drunk drivers. Many people are unaware that their ability to drive safely is compromised
after several drinks and proceed to jump behind the wheel while buzzed
or drunk. Be sure to look out for signs of drunk driving such as swerving,
straddling lanes, excessive braking, etc. If you encounter a drunk driver
on the road, steer clear and report them to law enforcement.
- Nothing sours a vacation quite like a DUI. If you aren’t sure you’re
sober enough to drive, wait it out or ask a trusted friend or family member
to drive you home. In fact, it is in your best interest to have a designated
driver every time you intend to consume alcohol, in order to ensure your
own safety, the safety of other drivers, and the safety of holiday shoppers
on foot. (This also goes for boaters—do not operate watercraft of
any kind under the influence of drugs or alcohol.)
Drive at or below the speed limit in densely populated areas. When you’re driving through downtown Ft. Lauderdale or near a major
shopping district, you will likely be slowed down by the crowds—and
you should be. While you may be paying close attention, other drivers
may not be, which means you need to be prepared in case someone slams
on their brakes in front of you. You are more likely to react in time
to brake or avoid a collision if you are driving at an appropriate speed.
Exercise extreme caution in parking lots. Even if you are in a hurry, it pays off to exhibit proper parking lot
etiquette: Don’t cut off other drivers to snag a parking spot. (There
will always be another one, and this decreases your risk of a crash).
Exercise patience when waiting in lines or gridlocked parking areas, as
other aggressive drivers on the road are unlikely to do the same. When
you’re paying extra attention, you can better avoid any potential
accidents another driver might cause. Also check your mirrors multiple
times before backing out of a space in order to avoid any pedestrians
or cars that might be rushing past you.
Don’t use your phone while driving. This one doesn’t require much explanation—just don’t do it.
The holiday season is a great time to reevaluate your safe driving habits
to protect yourself and others. However, if you have already been involved
in a collision or otherwise harmed by a reckless driver, our car accident
attorneys at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. are here to serve you.
Call (888) 499-6206 today or contact us to receive a free consultation.