Safety Tips for Snowbird Season Traffic
In Florida, there are an estimated 900,000 to one million snowbirds that become Florida residents during the winter months – an added 5% to the overall population. Florida already endures heavy traffic and higher car accident rates compared to the overall U.S. population. With a larger population in the winter months, driving on already congested roads can become more of a risk during these times. If you live in a state that snowbirds flock to, it is important to be vigilant while driving during the winter months. Always remember that some drivers who do not live in Florida year-round may not be as familiar with the road patterns and laws, so it is wise to drive even more cautiously during the snowbird season.
Watch for sudden lane changes
Driving near someone who instantly makes a lane change without a blinker along with limited time to even notice their intent, can cause a collision if you are not careful. While you may know the way around most of your city, many snowbirds might not and may be relying on GPS through Waze or Google Maps. If the driver realizes they’re about to pass a turn or an exit they need to take, they may rely on erratic maneuvers to try to swerve over or brake suddenly to prevent that from happening. Furthermore, if someone who is unfamiliar with the area is using a GPS to navigate, then they may not have their eyes on the road and could be driving recklessly.
We understand traffic can be a very stressful and aggravating thing to deal with, especially if you’re just driving to the grocery store for a quick pickup. With snowbirds in town, the flow of traffic may not be as smooth since there are a bit more people unfamiliar with the roads. In these situations, it is best to stay patient while waiting to maneuver around the slow driver.
Drive like you want them to
Make sure to use your blinkers, brake appropriately, and give enough distance between cars to encourage the snowbirds/tourists to follow suit. It’s easier to remain calm when driving near someone who is unfamiliar with the roads if they are at least driving respectfully. While you following the laws of traffic doesn’t guarantee the snowbirds will, it does help encourage good driving all around.
This is especially important when driving near people who are unfamiliar with the area. Snowbirds may be following a GPS and making abrupt moves to avoid missing their destination. Someone who is unfamiliar with the roads is more likely to drive below the speed limit and make sudden stops, even if they are surrounded by traffic. Make sure to give yourself enough room to prepare for the car ahead of you to brake. Always remember to remain calm and simply wait for an opportunity to move around them.
If you are a driver in Florida, it is important to be prepared for the increase in traffic in the coming months, usually from October through April. Always practice safe driving, and know what you can do to reduce the risk of being involved in an accident. Call 1-800-411-PAIN and get the help you need! We will refer you to the attorneys that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve and the medical attention you need. If you have been hurt in an accident, call 1-800-411-PAIN, and we will guide you in finding you the best medical and legal professionals.