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Visiting Florida? 8 Useful Tips For Driving In the Sunshine State

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Whether you’re planning college spring break or a tropical honeymoon, Florida is the ultimate vacation destination. From countless beaches and serene national parks to lively nightlife and amusement parks, the sunshine state has a lot to offer. 

Are you planning to visit during the peak tourist season? Since taking public transit on vacation can be a bit of a hassle, it’s a good idea to rent a car. In this post, we’re summarizing some tips for stress-free driving in Florida.

Account for Tolls

Did you know that Florida is the state with the most toll road mileage in the country? Therefore, you should remember to account for the cost of tolls when deciding on your vacation budget. 

While you can pay with cash at some tolls, all-electronic tolls don’t accept cash. We recommend getting an EZ-Pass or SunPass that allows you to pay conveniently, without stopping.

Adhere To Speed Limits

Just because Florida is full of scenic drives doesn’t mean it’s okay to drive above the speed limit. You can easily spot the black and white speed limit signs across the state. It typically ranges between 20-50 mph within the city limits. Always adhere to the speed limit to ensure safety and avoid speeding tickets.

Look Out For Speed Traps

Florida is notorious for its speed traps, which further increase your odds of getting a traffic ticket. It’s no secret that speed traps are more about making money than road safety. While the best way to avoid speed traps is driving under the limit, there are other options as well. You can use online tools that inform you about the real-time locations of speed traps on a particular route.

Don’t Ignore Traffic Tickets

You are not exempted from paying traffic fines if you are from out of state. Whether you were caught speeding or running a red light, don’t make the mistake of ignoring your traffic tickets. The longer you wait, the worse the consequences. Apart from additional fines, you can also be arrested. You have the option to pay the fine or contest the ticket in traffic court.

Avoid Driving In the Rain

Considering that Florida is one of the wettest states in the nation, don’t be surprised if it suddenly starts pouring on your vacation. In case of a thunderstorm or heavy downpour, it would be best to avoid driving. On the other hand, if you are already on the road, you should pull over and wait for the weather to clear up.

Remember To Ask for a Car Seat

Are you traveling with children under the age of five? When you are renting a vehicle, you should also ask for a federally-approved car seat. This is essential for your child’s safety in a moving vehicle. 

Don’t Drink and Drive

It’s no secret that the sunshine state boasts one of the best nightlife in the U.S. However, that doesn’t give you a free pass to drink and drive. Driving under the influence jeopardizes your as well as others’ safety. Other than an expensive fine, you can be put on probation or face jail time for a DUI offense. We urge you to take a taxi after a night of drinking. 

Use of Headlights

If heavy rain is prompting you to use your windshield wipers, then you also need to turn on your headlights. Moreover, headlights should also be on if there’s smoke or fog. Other than this, headlights are required from sunset to sunrise and the twilight hours.

Final Words

Driving in Florida is mostly a pleasant experience with unparalleled scenic views. We hope the above-mentioned tips will help you feel confident about driving on your upcoming vacation.

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