Tips for Safe Driving in Orlando
Written by Shawn Diederich on December 7, 2016
Orlando is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations. And with tourism comes lots of traffic. According to popular GPS manufacturer TomTom, Orlando is one of the world’s 100 most traffic-congested cities. This means Orlando and the surrounding areas are a magnet for unsafe driving and car accidents.
Where Are Car Accidents Most Likely to Occur in Orlando?
In fact, when TIME magazine reviewed car accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over a 10-year period, it found that 4 of the 12 most dangerous intersections in the United States were located in or near the Orlando-Kissimmee area. Those intersections were:
- North Semoran Boulevard and Old Cheney Highway in Orlando;
- Vista Del Lago Boulevard and Route 192 in Kissimmee;
- State Road 40 and State Road 19 in Astor; and
- South Scenic Highway and County Road 700 in Frostproof, a small town in Polk County, located about an hour’s drive from Orlando.
Separately, a map based on data from the City of Orlando’s Transportation Engineering Division indicates the 10 most dangerous intersections within the city itself, ranked according to the total damages caused by traffic accidents. The most dangerous intersection is Conroy Road and the eastbound off-ramp of Interstate 4. The next five intersections on the list were:
- Colonial Drive and Orange Avenue;
- Colonial Drive and Mercy Drive;
- Anderson Street and Primrose Drive;
- Dixie Belle Drive and Michigan Street; and
- Colonial Drive and Magnolia Avenue.
Know Your Surroundings
Staying safe on Orlando’s roads starts with exercising some common sense and understanding your surroundings.
First, since Orlando is a popular tourist area, keep in mind there are many drivers on the road who are not locals. It is important to practice defensive driving at all times. Always stay under posted speed limits and maintain a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you.
Second, remember that Orlando weather, especially in the summer months, is prone to frequent bursts of rain and thundershowers. Rain makes roads slicker and more difficult to travel safely. Safe driving practices are therefore even more essential at such times.
Finally, understand that congestion is a fact of living in Orlando. A 2015 analysis of Orlando traffic patterns published by the Orlando Sentinel noted that the evening commute (4 to 7 p.m.) is generally more congested than the morning commute (6 to 9 a.m.) You will not get to your destination faster by practicing aggressive driving, and you are more likely to cause a car accident.
Indeed, even if you are safe and rigorously observe defensive driving practices, other drivers will not. If you are injured in a car accident due to someone else’s unsafe driving, you should speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer in Orlando who can advise you of your legal options. Contact the Diederich Law Firm, P.A., if you need to speak with a lawyer right away.