Whether you’ve recently been involved in an accident yourself, have children that are new drivers, or just want to be proactive about driver safety in the West Palm Beach area, it’s always a good idea to have some driving tips in the back of your mind while traveling in high-traffic areas.
And although not all car accidents are avoidable, here are some ways to prevent potential collisions from happening, specifically in West Palm Beach.
Tip #1: Try to avoid the fast lane on major highways.
Using the “fast lane” (or far left lane) on the interstate is an easy and quick way to get where you need to go without having to slow down for cars merging in or getting off on the next exit. But, the fast lane is also where most accidents occur—mainly because there isn’t a shoulder to pull out onto if you’re trying to avoid a collision. Using the middle or right lanes offer slower speeds and more escape routes if necessary.
Tip #2: Know the most dangerous intersections.
In West Palm Beach, there are several intersections that have proven to be highly hazardous for drivers. According to myPalmBeachPost, some of the most accident-prone intersections in the area include:
- Okeechobee Blvd. and Wabasso Dr./Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
- North Jog Road and Okeechobee Blvd.
- Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. and Spencer Dr./Village Blvd.
- Indian Rd. and Okeechobee Blvd.
- Okeechobee Blvd. and North State Rd. 7
- North Robbins Dr. and Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
- Okeechobee Blvd. and South Tamarind Ave./Parker Ave.
- Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. and West Executive Center Dr.
- South Congress Ave. and Okeechobee Blvd.
See these intersections from a bird’s-eye view on the map below:
Tip #3: Be mindful of blind spots.
Every vehicle has blind spots. That’s why it’s important to use your signals and physically turn your head to look for vehicles behind you. The best way to ensure you’re getting the most visibility possible is to adjust your side and rearview mirrors to a point where you have a fully panoramic view of the road behind you. Also, be mindful of blind spots for other drivers and try to help stay out of them while you’re driving.
Tip #4: Know your car’s limitations.
This doesn’t just apply to the speed your car can get up to. It applies to your car’s brakes, tire traction, handling capability, horsepower, torque and much more. With highly congested areas, it’s important to know what your vehicle can and cannot do, and don’t push it to do too much or you may be more prone to getting into an accident.
Tip #5: Refrain from driving at night whenever possible.
Although driving at night can be beneficial in terms of avoiding major traffic, it does come with many dangers. Not only is this a time when most people are the most fatigued, it’s also a time where everyone’s field of vision is significantly decreased, as well as a time when there are more drunk drivers on the road than during the day. A good rule of thumb is to try and travel while there’s still daylight whenever possible.
Tip #6: Stay up to date with your car’s routine maintenance.
With fairly unpredictable rainshowers, intensely hot roads and other similar hazards that come with Florida weather in the summertime (and other times throughout the year), it’s crucial to keep your vehicle as well-maintained as possible to ensure it can handle certain hazards. Good tires mean less chances for hydroplaning. New windshield wipers mean more visibility during thunderstorms. Sturdy brakes mean less likelihood for collisions. Remember: accidents aren’t always caused by driver negligence—they can also happen from a vehicle malfunction that was caused by lack of proper maintenance.
So whether you’re a West Palm Beach resident or are just passing through, use these helpful tips to help you or a loved one avoid getting into an auto accident.
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