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Distractions create hazards on Florida's roads: Pay attention

The winter is approaching most of the United States with cold weather, ice and snow. In Florida, you're fortunate enough to usually benefit from tepid temperatures and comfortable weather conditions. As a result of the humid, subtropical weather, many people travel from around the country to get a break from the bleak winter storms where they're from.

For Floridians, this influx in tourism is great for the economy, but it's not so good for the roads. People who are unfamiliar with the state's traffic laws and neighborhoods quickly make errors that lead to a growing number of collisions. Fortunately, there are a few things people can do to prevent these crashes.

1. Pay attention to the road

The most important thing anyone can do when they're behind the wheel is to pay attention to the road. Put down your phone, the hamburger from the drive through or your mascara wand. It's necessary to keep your eyes on the road to account for those who may pull out in front of you, slam on their brakes or make other errors.

2. Drive familiar routes or use a GPS

Using a GPS system is a helpful way to get from one place to another, but even better is traveling on roads you're familiar with. It can be tempting to go off the path when traffic is backed up, but if you're unsure of an area, you're more likely to make errors like missing stop signs or going too fast.

3. Remember to relax

More crashes happen when people rush to get from place to place. Relax and take your time to get where you need to go. Even if you're a few minutes late, it's better to drive safely. That way, there's a better likelihood that you'll get to your destination without causing a crash.

These are a few ways you can prevent crashes. Stay focused out there.

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