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Share the Road

Give others a brake!

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is kicking off a public awareness campaign, called Share the Road, to remind motorists to use courtesy when driving and to watch out for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. After all, the road belongs to everyone. This Web page includes safety tips for sharing the road and campaign materials that can be downloaded.


Safety Tips for Car Drivers

Car

Cut Out Cutting In
Cutting in front of another vehicle may create an emergency braking situation for the vehicles around you, especially in heavy traffic. If you force a larger vehicle to stop quickly this could cause a serious, even fatal accident.

Check Your Blind Spot and Avoid the No-Zone
Large trucks have blind spots known as “No-Zones,” which are around the front, back and sides of the truck. Don't linger in the No-Zone, and remember that if you can't see the truck driver in the truck's mirror, the truck driver can't see you.

Chill Out
Aggressive drivers put themselves and others at risk. Speeding, running red lights and stop signs, pulling in front of trucks too quickly when passing and making frequent lane changes, especially in the blind spots of trucks, can create dangerous and potentially fatal situations on the road.

Give Large Trucks Room to Maneuver at Traffic Lights
Truck drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left in order to safely negotiate a right turn especially in urban areas. They can't see cars directly behind or beside them, so give them plenty of room to maneuver.

Think Before You Drink
Alcohol affects a person's ability to make crucial driving decisions, such as braking, steering or changing lanes. Remember, you are not the only one in danger when you decide to drink and then drive.


Safety Tips for Truck and Bus Drivers

Semi Truck

Take Care of Yourself and Your Vehicle
Get plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel. Eat well and stay fit. Also, be sure to inspect your vehicle before each trip and check your brakes regularly.

Beware the No-Zone
Other drivers may not be aware of the size of your truck's blind spots. Watch out for vehicles in the No-Zone.

Slow Down in Work Zones
Watch out for highway construction and workers. Take your time going through work zones and give yourself plenty of room.

Keep Your Distance
Always leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Take advantage of your driving height and anticipate braking situations.

Tell Us if You See Something Unsafe on Florida’s Highways
Dial *FHP (*347) to report drunk drivers, traffic crashes, stranded or disabled motorists or any suspicious incidents occurring on Florida roadways. Motorists who dial *FHP from their cellular phones are able to contact the nearest FHP station free of charge.


Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists

Train to Ride Safe
Take a Motorcycle Rider Safety Course to develop good techniques. It’s the law.

Get a motorcycle endorsement on your driver license
If you wish to operate any two or three wheel motorcycle, whose engine is more than 50 cc, you are required to have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver license or a motorcycle-only license.

Wear Appropriate Gear.
Wearing your helmet may save your life if you are hit by or run into a large truck or bus. Wearing leather will help protect your skin in the event of a crash, and Kevlar jackets are a good way to protect your upper body.

Ride Proud. Dress Loud
Make sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing and use retroreflective material.

Be alert
Being tired and drowsy can impair a motorcyclist's ability to react.


Safety Tips for Bicyclists

Bicyclists

Wear a Helmet
Bikes offer no protection in case of a crash, so you need to wear your protection. Wearing your helmet may save your life.

Remain Vigilant
Beware of the traffic around you, and ride defensively. Never assume that all drivers see your hand signals or will yield for you.

Inspect Your Brakes
Always check your brakes so that you are prepared to stop. Also remember that a truck requires more space to stop than you do on your bike.

Go with the Flow… of Traffic
Ride on the right side with the flow of traffic.

Steer Clear of the No-Zone
Beware of riding too closely to a large truck. Large trucks have blind spots in the front, back and on the sides, which make it difficult for the driver to see around them.


Safety Tips for Pedestrians

Pedestrians

Use Designated Walking Areas Whenever Possible
Walk on sidewalks and in crosswalks whenever possible. Pay attention to walk signals and keep a safe distance when standing on street corners.

Be Sure to Be Seen
Be careful of blind spots when walking near or around a vehicle. Assume the driver does not see you.

Proceed with Caution
Use caution when crossing intersections and streets.

Stand Out
Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking in the dark. Carry a flashlight, too, for added protection.

Look Out for Wide Loads
Keep your distance when walking around large trucks carrying wide loads because the driver may not see you.


Give others a brake!

Sources for Tips: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Web site, www.sharetheroadsafely.org, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.



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