Auto Accidents

Teen Drivers and Cellphone Use

The Florida Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved a bill prohibit cell phone use by teens holding a user permit to drive. It’s not a bad idea given the fact that these young drivers are learning how to drive and don’t need added distractions. However, why focus on this one group of drivers? We’ve all had the frustrating, sometimes scary experience of driving alongside someone engrossed in a phone call. The driver switches lanes without a signal, speeds up and slows down erratically, and is generally not paying attention. What about these drivers? As is often the case in Tallahassee, there’s more light than heat in this bill.

Obesity Raises Car Crash Death Risk

If there weren’t enough health risks associated with being overweight, along comes another one-maybe one you wouldn’t have thought about. If you’re male and obese, you’re at a significantly greater risk to die as a result of a car crash according to a Milwaukee based investigation. The study cites various factors leading to this increased risk: obesity reduces the body’s ability to recover from injury, the actual effects of momentum in the crash itself, and body shape.

Safety Tips for Driving an SUV

Some good advice printed in the San Jose Mercury News:
There is some encouraging news. New SUVs are being built lower to the ground, decreasing their chances of rolling over and improving safety when SUVs collide with cars. It’s not the weight of the SUV that poses a risk to people inside cars; it’s the height difference.
Driving an SUV is much more dangerous than driving a car, and safety advocates recommend the following tips for driving one:

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Early Morning Fog a Hazard to Florida Drivers

The late winter/early spring in central Florida brings snowbirds and visitors alike to Florida for vacations and spring break. It also brings a rash of early morning car crashes. The combination of early morning fog, slick roads, and drivers new to Florida roads can lead to a spike in auto accidents. The Florida fog can linger into the mid-morning hours reducing visibility and increasing the chance for a mishap. Headlights should be used until this fog burns off completely and drivers should operate vehicle with more caution and lower speed to make up for these hazards.

New Seat Belt Law in Florida

It’s been a little less than two months since a new, but little publicized seat belt law went into effect in Florida. The new law allows police officers to stop drivers and occupants of vehicles who are not using seat belts. The catch is that they have to be under 18 years old in order to be stopped. This law is aimed at preventing teenagers and children from dying in accidents because they’re not wearing seat belts.

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The Effects of Aging on Your Ability to Drive

I’ve lived in Florida now for more than 25 years. One thing you notice quickly here besides the weather is the number of elderly drivers. According to 2002-03 statistics, there were almost 15 million drivers in the state of Florida. Out of that 15 million, over 2.2 million were between the ages of 65 and 74. Approximately 250,000 drivers were over the age of 85. At least 20% of this 250,000 suffer some form of dementia.

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