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If snowbirds continue to flock to Florida, how can accidents be avoided so that everyone can stay safe on the roads?

 

A:

The answer to this question is really twofold. Although snowbirds increase the traffic on South Florida roads during the wintertime, leading to an increase in crashes, reducing car accidents is everyone’s responsibility. Thus, there are tips that may help snowbirds drive safely on South Florida roads, and there are suggestions applicable to all drivers that may help reduce accidents.

What Snowbirds Can Do to Reduce Car Crashes

Older drivers who are interested in staying safe and minimizing auto accidents need to make sure they are fit for driving before getting behind the wheel. This includes:

  • Getting regular eye exams
  • Updating eyeglass prescriptions as needed
  • Getting frequent doctor evaluations for physical health to ensure safety

Additionally, elderly drivers should also:

  • Plan their routes ahead of time
  • Avoid driving during busy commute times
  • Skip driving during heavy rain or other inclement weather
  • Avoid driving at nighttime

What Other Drivers Can Do to Stay Safe in Sarasota

While younger motorists would like to blame every South Florida car crash involving a snowbird on the elderly driver involved, many wrecks are actually not the fault of senior drivers and occur from negligent actions of other motorists. In order to stay safe, all drivers should avoid:

  • Texting while driving
  • Other forms of distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Drowsy driving

If you have been injured in a Sarasota auto accident due to no fault of your own, call the Mallard Law Firm, an experienced Sarasota personal injury law firm, at 888-409-3805 for a free, no-obligation consultation.