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  • National Teen Driver Safety Week: Teaching Teens About Safety Behind the Wheel

    National Teen Driver Safety Week presents the ultimate opportunity to chat frankly with adolescents about one of today's most concerning problems: distraction and recklessness behind the wheel. Far too many teenagers fall victim to car crashes; research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points to motor vehicle accidents as the chief cause of death among adolescents. Common Causes ...
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  • Florida Has a High Number of Unlicensed Drivers

    You’re familiar with the slogans. “The American Dream.” “The Land of Opportunity.” “Home of the Free and the Brave.” It’s those ideals that make this country great and make people want to live here. When they come, they wish to do those everyday things: working, shopping, driving. The problem is, driving a car properly is a learned skill, and not everyone who gets behind the wheel does so legally. ...
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  • Florida Ranks Poorly in National Safety Assessment

    Florida: Where seniors go to retire, snowbirds escape frigid winters, and kids' dreams come true. Residents enjoy some of the world's most beautiful beaches and a climate that many people envy. But when it comes to personal safety, the Sunshine State isn't quite paradise. In a recent study of car wrecks, assaults and murders, Florida ranks among the least-safe states in the nation. Florida may be ...
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  • Flood Safety Tips for Florida Drivers

    This summer, it seems the generic “hot enough for you?” conversation filler has been replaced by “wet enough for you?” While great at making everything lush and green, this season's rainfall has also made much of the state a flood zone. Lakes and rivers are high, lawns are marshy, and water collects on the roads. In a recent National Weather Service flood advisory for parts of Miami-Dade county , ...
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  • New Report Says Florida Is the Second Worst State for Distracted Driving

    Our great state of Florida is known for a lot of wonderful things. Disney World, for one, but also our beautiful beaches, the Daytona 500, the NASA Space Center, and of course, the oranges. What you might not realize is that Florida is quickly becoming known for something a little less enjoyable. According to a recent study, Florida drivers are the second most distracted drivers in the entire ...
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  • You Should Never Admit Fault After a Vehicle Crash

    No matter whether you think of yourself as a good person who always tries to do the right thing, know that your moral compass points in the wrong direction more often than not, or are somewhere in between, you should never voluntarily take the blame after a car accident. Erring on the side of caution is crucial to ensuring that your rights are protected and the truth is discovered. Even if you ...
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  • As Irma Inches Closer to Florida, Remember These Safety Tips

    Floridians are no strangers to the potential dangers of hurricane season. We've gotten pretty lucky the last several years, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) warns that, from now until November, we may be in for more hurricanes than what was previously predicted. In fact, this season could rival that of 2010, with a high likelihood of 14 to 19 named storms, 5 to 9 actual ...
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  • How Drivers are Impacted by Changes in Florida's Ridesharing Regulations

    In a fairly short period of time, ridesharing has gone from a novel idea to a viable transportation movement. Whether for daily commutes, personal errands, or business travel, this popular option is accessible through a variety of apps. Uber and Lyft are the most well-known ridesharing companies, with tens of thousands of drivers in Florida alone. Recently, state lawmakers passed new regulations ...
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  • Miami Drivers Need a New Direction on Turn Signals

    Nowadays, even base models of vehicles are coming with some pretty fancy technology. Bluetooth capabilities, back-up cameras, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control are just a few examples. These kinds of features are designed to help motorists stay safe. There's another customary automotive safety technology that’s been around for almost a century, yet Miami drivers seem to be ...
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  • Are You at Risk for Food Poisoning?

    Sometimes it seems as if every couple of weeks grocery stores or food manufacturers announce a new recall due to the potential of a product's carrying a foodborne disease. With increased news reports over the years talking about foodborne illnesses, public awareness about causes, symptoms, and the general risks has increased. Unfortunately, thousands of people still die each year from one type of ...
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  • Youth Traffic Safety: A Continuing Concern

    Life can be hard to navigate, and if you become a parent, it’s common to find yourself wishing that your kids would learn from your mistakes rather than repeat them. Some lessons transfer easily: look both ways before crossing the street, don’t talk to strangers, wear sunscreen. But others are a sign of the times: change your passwords often, be careful what you post, don’t participate in sexting. ...
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  • Trucks Parked Illegally Could Pose Major Safety Threat

    As one of the primary means of transport for goods in this country, it seems the road is always packed with tractor-trailers. No matter what time of day you find yourself behind the wheel, chances are high that you will share the road with several large trucks. And they can be intimidating – drifting out of their lane, losing tire tread, barreling down on cars. But have you ever considered that ...
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  • Smartphones Contribute to Distracted Driving, Right?

    A person's confidence in his or her own skills paired with the convenience of mobile phones make talking or texting while driving a nearly unavoidable temptation. It’s hard to remember the days when it wasn't possible to instantly update your ETA to a friend, find a different route when you make a wrong turn, or take that important business call. While multitasking can be an effective use of time, ...
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  • Fewer Teens are Getting a Driver's License, but is That a Good Thing?

    It used to be that earning a driver’s license was the most anticipated rite of adolescence. In the age of ride-sharing and interaction through social media, there has been a significant decrease in the number of teenage drivers. One survey places the share of high school seniors who have a driver’s license at a record low of 71.5 percent – down from 85.3 percent in 1996. More and more teens are ...
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  • Prepare for Boating Season with These 8 Safety Tips

    One of the perks of living in Florida is that we have a much bigger window in which to enjoy outdoor activities. Boating is a favorite pastime for locals and tourists alike, and while you can pretty much boat any time of the year in the Sunshine State, things start to pick up noticeably in the spring season. Enjoying the beauty of the open water is an amazing experience, but it is not without its ...
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