South Florida is a wonderful place to visit on vacation. However, many visitors may be unaware of the dos and don’ts of visiting south Florida. In this article, we’ll discuss the mistakes you don’t want to make in South Florida.
Don’t text while driving! Florida law makes texting while driving a ticket-able offense. Talking on the phone while driving is legal. However, to avoid any possible issues, it’s best to use your phone’s speaker or Bluetooth and not hold the phone in your hand.
Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated! Because of Florida’s humid climate, a temperature listed as 85 can feel like 100 degrees. On a hot day, you can easily start sweating within a minute of being outside. It’s important to stay hydrated because you can easily become lightheaded if you don’t. Florida is also close to the equator, which means UV rays here are more powerful than in northern parts of the country. Because of this, you should always wear sunscreen if you plan on being outside for the day.
Don’t be oblivious to your surroundings! Visitors to Florida can be oblivious that just like anywhere else in the world, Florida has crime. You should always pay attention to your surroundings. As a general rule, you should always keep valuables out of plain sight in your vehicle, always lock your doors, and most importantly, never leave a car running unattended. Another tip is when you visit the beach, make sure any valuables are secure; in other words, don’t leave your beach bag with your phone and wallet and go into the water with nobody watching over.
Don’t drive how you do at home! Here in Florida, between senior citizen drivers, tourists, and young speeders, the roadways can be difficult to navigate. Many drivers drive very fast, don’t signal, and can weave in and out of lanes quickly. Please drive with caution and don’t think that you will out-drive a Floridian on their own roads. Be careful entering and exiting the highways as Floridians aren’t always courteous to drivers. If someone is trying to beat you to the highway, just let them because they will not slow down and probably crash into you.