TALLAHASSEE, FL- Einnews.com writes that a Safe Summer Travel Campaign is being pushed in Florida this year to urge drivers to focus on road safety before they start their travels. The Florida Department of Highway Safety (FLHSMV) is working to remind the public of the steps they need to take in order to prepare for long drives.
Safe travel depends in part on the vehicle. It is important to ensure that everything in the car is working properly and well-maintained before taking a road trip. Checking tires prior to leaving is a wise move. Underinflated tires are more prone to overheat. Drivers should also avoid overloading their vehicles with luggage as it can increases risks of blowouts and hydroplaning. Drivers may also want to check for recalls on their cars.
Drivers may be anxious to get to their destinations and start their vacations, but they should never speed in order to save time. Not only is speeding illegal, but it is dangerous. Driving requires patients, and motorists will be better off if they stay calm and slow down.
It is important to note that drivers are required to know the speed limit. Not knowing the speed limit will never be an excuse for violating that limit. Not only are speeding motorists putting themselves in danger, but they are also risking the lives of others on the roadway, including pedestrians and cyclists.
The state also reminded families to never leave children in a car unattended. The temperature inside of a car can rise quickly, and reach dangerous levels in little time. More children have died of heatstroke in Florida than in any other state except for Texas.
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