Published on October 2, 2015
Miami provides a unique environment that combines a busy urban center with a vibrant, celebratory attitude in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
For Miami traffic, the way we drive says to the world, “Let’s go, everyone, I’ve got somewhere to be” while implying that that place is probably a party.
In all seriousness, Miami driving requires your full and undivided attention, fast reflexes, and a go-get-em attitude. Here are a few things to know before you go.
The Rules, They’re… Different…
It’s not that the existing rules of the road don’t apply, they do… mostly. The thing is that to be successful as a driver in our town, you’ll have to learn a few extra ones that’ll modify your driving behavior to make you more effective on our roads.
Depending on where you’re from you might feel the urge to communicate your displeasure at our traffic conditions with your horn. This will not be well received. Instead, just roll down your window and shout your grievances like everyone else.
Watch for Aggressive driving
Coasting is not considered acceptable driving behavior in Miami by some drivers. Be prepared to deal with aggressive behavior from other drivers who may drive as if they were unfamiliar with their brake pedal. This can be especially noticeable any time that you’re approaching a red light.
Watch your Six
The easiest way to get into a car accident in Miami is to get rear-ended at a yellow light. In Miami, a lot of drivers don’t really distinguish between green and yellow lights (you should, of course). To avoid being laid up at home nursing whiplash symptoms it’s a good idea not to brake suddenly, and to keep an eye out to ensure that the person behind you is maintaining a reasonable following distance.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
It’s not common for local drivers to signal a lane change in this town. To avoid sideswipes and fender benders, it’s important to keep an eye out for sudden movement in the lanes on either side of you.
Miami rush hour is a bit of a misnomer. Perhaps, instead, we could invent a Miami “calm hour”, but we have no idea when that might be.
If you’ve been in a car accident, and suffered an injury in our beautiful city, please give us a call at 1-800-INJURED and let us put you in touch with local Miami auto accident attorneys and medical centers who will make sure that you get the care and compensation that you deserve.
Category: Car Accidents