For the second year running, Florida is number one in bad driving. Floridians have long had a reputation for being poor drivers, and for the second year in a row, Smart Asset has compiled a survey ranking states by their driving habits and found Florida to be the worst.
Florida traffic safety by the numbers
The “States with the worst drivers” survey says that Florida has 0.13 vehicle-related deaths per 1,000 drivers, and only 76.2% of drivers have car insurance. The one thing that was in Florida’s favor was the low number of DUI arrests, which was 45th out of 50. Either Floridians are doing well and not drinking and driving, or we are just not getting caught doing it.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 22,144 vehicle occupants who died in traffic fatalities and 2.18 million injured in 2015. In 2015, Florida had 2,699 fatal crashes, 2,939 traffic fatalities and 1.42 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The national average is 1.13 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. (IIHS)
Be aware of the other drivers on the road
This dubious distinction means that we all need to be aware of other drivers on the roads with us. We cannot control how others behave on the roads, so staying alert to what is happening may help you avoid a car crash or road hazard.
Here are some simple tips for driving defensively:
- Keep your eyes on the road
- Keep both hands on the wheel
- Put your phone away so you are not tempted to use it
- If you use your phone for GPS purposes, turn off notifications for calls, test messages and news updates (and pre-set your destination before you put the car in drive)
- Use your day lights while you drive, to make yourself more visible
- Always use your turn signals
Safety is every driver’s responsibility, but when you are driving in an environment where you know that there is a good chance that 30% of the drivers who share the road with you do not have car insurance, you learn the importance of driving defensively and with full awareness of what is going on around you.
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