Florida has beautiful beaches, vibrant cities and sunny weather, making it a popular destination for both tourists and residents alike. Beneath the sunshine, though, there are often road conditions that can be perilous for drivers.
Whether you are a new driver or a seasoned one, being aware of these dangerous road conditions can ensure your safety on Florida’s roads.
Sudden downpours can reduce visibility and make roads slick, increasing the risk of hydroplaning. Flooding is another hazard, causing roads to become impassable and stranding drivers. To stay safe, slow down in rainy conditions, keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, and avoid driving through flooded areas whenever possible.
Fog can roll in unexpectedly, drastically reducing visibility on the road. To navigate safely through foggy conditions, use your low-beam headlights, reduce your speed and avoid using high beams, as they can reflect off the fog and make visibility even worse.
Florida’s highways are frequently under construction, leading to lane closures, detours and reduced speed limits. Pay close attention to signage and follow reduced speed limits in construction zones.
Aggressive drivers are a concern on roads all across the country. Tailgating, speeding and weaving between lanes can lead to accidents. Avoid engaging with aggressive drivers, and instead, let them pass safely.
According to preliminary data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 162, 945 injury crashes in the state throughout 2022. Poor road conditions contribute significantly to this figure.