Every once in a while, each and every one of us – drivers – have to drive in unfamiliar places for the first time. A rule of thumb is that driving on unfamiliar roads is never a good idea if you are tired, drowsy, angry, irritated, frustrated, or drunk (in fact, driving drunk is always a bad idea, whether you drive on familiar or unfamiliar roads).
Your neck might hurt from having to turn your head left and right looking for road signs to ensure that you do not violate any traffic rules and get to your destination safely. As you keep driving around and have no idea where you are, you might notice how other drivers keep tailgating you, honking at you, driving aggressively, shouting out of a car window, or even throwing banana peels and other garbage at your car.
Yes, driving in unfamiliar areas is not exactly a fun experience, nor is it safe. In fact, a large percentage of car accidents in Miramar and all across Florida are caused by a car driver driving on unfamiliar roads for the first time. In view of the above, it makes sense to invite our car accident attorney Miramar from Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., to outline some tips for driving in unfamiliar places.
Do not ignore speed limits
Speed limits exist for a reason, and just because you are driving on this road for the first time does not mean that you can get away with driving above the speed limit on the road you are traveling. “Speed limit signs are not the only road signs you should be paying attention to when driving in unfamiliar areas, as road signs warning you of road conditions, road closures and other hazards are just as important to avoid a car crash on an unfamiliar road,” says our Miramar car accident lawyer.
Beyond GPS: Road signs are your friends, too
More often than not, your GPS is your best friend when it comes to driving on unfamiliar roads. But in some cases, asking for directions from someone familiar with the area and paying attention to road sign – instead of your GPS – can be more helpful. After all, let’s not forget that GPS is not accurate 100 percent of the time. In fact, constantly staring at the GPS map could result in distracted driving, which, in its turn, is one of the leading causes of car crashes in Florida and all across the U.S.
Stay calm and deal with it
If you are driving on unfamiliar roads, chances are good that you will miss your turn or will drive past your exit once or twice throughout your trip. When this happens to you, do whatever you can to resist the urge to slam on your brakes or perform some unexpected and abrupt maneuver. Instead, check your GPS to find out how to turn around or adjust your route after the missed turn. Note: slamming on your brakes can cause a devastating car accident.
Drop your speed (below the speed limit)
Even if the speed limit says you are legally allowed to drive at 60 mph, it might be a good idea to slow down a bit and drive at 40 or 50 mph if you are driving on this road for the first time. You do not have to run at exactly that speed. In many cases, it is advised to slow down to make it easier to navigate difficult roads.
If you have been injured in a car accident while driving in unfamiliar areas, it is a good idea to consult with a car accident attorney in Miramar or elsewhere in Florida. Schedule a free consultation by calling Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., at 954-438-1000.