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Traveling throughout Florida can be nearly as fun as getting to your destination. During the holiday and vacation seasons, Florida’s roads can be some of the busiest in the country. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is committed to the safety of all motorists on our roads and educating everyone on safe driving to always Arrive Alive.

 

Tire Safety and Vehicle Preparation

 

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers in the United States put more than 2,900 billion miles on their tires each year with approximately 11,000 tire-related crashes. Tires are your vehicle’s first line of defense on the road. Click here for tips on tire safety.

 

Buckle Up – Seatbelt Usage for Drivers and Passengers

 

The Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law, effective June 30, 2009, requires that all drivers, all front seat passengers and all passengers under the age of 18, fasten their safety belts in Florida. Every time you get in a vehicle, no matter where you are sitting, buckle up. That click reduces your risk of being injured or killed in a crash by almost 50 percent. Click here for more on why it’s so important to wear your seat belt.

 

Hurricane Season Preparedness and Inclement Weather Driving Safety

 

Given its location and miles of coastline, Florida has seen more direct hits from hurricanes than any other state in the U.S. As residents move to the state and the population grows, many Floridians may be unprepared for such severe weather.

 

This year, get prepared early:

 

  • know your evacuation routes
  • make sure your vehicle is properly maintained
  • register your Emergency Contact Information (ECI)
  • be sure you know where to check for road closures
  • study up on best driving practices in inclement weather in case you have to drive.
  • For more information on preparing for hurricanes and inclement weather, click here.

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