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What drivers should know about hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is an ever-present threat when it rains in Florida. When there is too much water on the road for vehicles' tires to handle, the tires will push that water underneath them. The thin layer of water that develops between the tires and road will cause the tires to lose traction. They are, in effect, floating above the road.

Volvo releases distracted driving study

Florida residents who assume that it is only the younger generation who drives distracted may be interested in the results of a study conducted by Volvo and the Harris Poll. Thousands of participants were asked about the distracting activities they engage in behind the wheel. Just over 80 percent of millennials and Gen Xers admitted to phone use; this was followed by 71 percent of Generation Z, 64 percent of baby boomers and 59 percent of the Silent Generation.

Driving safely around school buses and heavy traffic

Florida residents are probably aware of the challenges they face on the road when school starts. School zones force them to slow down. They see more children darting out onto the street, and they find themselves sharing the road with school buses. Safe driving is a priority at all times, but especially during the school season.

Car crash risk goes up for teens once they are licensed

The National Institutes for Health reports that car crashes are the leading cause of death among 14- to 19-year-olds. Another study by the NIH, which was conducted with Virginia Tech University, should be of interest to teen drivers in Florida because it has found out when the risk for crashes and near-misses reaches a particularly high point.

Study: driver-assist systems could lead to fewer accidents

One of the selling points for electronic driver-assist systems has always been that they would eventually make the roads across Florida and the rest of the United States safer. There has been anecdotal evidence about fatal accidents caused by these self-driving cars, but in general, the question remains whether these systems reduce accidents or not. According to a new study, they have indeed made the roads safer.

4th of July weekend the worst for personal injuries

AAA predicts that a record number of Americans will be hitting the roads for the Fourth of July weekend. More specifically, 37.5 million people will be driving 50 miles or more from their homes between June 30 and July 4. Florida residents should remember, however, that with the festivities come certain health and safety hazards.

Steps to take after a car accident

People in Florida who are in a car accident should stop, gather information and avoid discussing the accident with the other person involved. After stopping, the first act should be to check for any injuries or damages. The drivers should then exchange names, contact information and insurance information. A person should also note the license number, vehicle identification number, model and make of the other vehicle.

Why the media isn't to blame for accident coverage

Florida residents may have heard about recent serious and fatal crashes involving self-driving cars. For some people, these reports could have caused some doubt as to whether they would ever want to ride in one. However, other individuals believe that crashes caused by semiautonomous vehicles are covered more closely than those caused by vehicles driven by humans are. According to Elon Musk, there was one accident for every 320 million miles driven by a Tesla.

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