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Towing trouble on Thanksgiving? No thanks!

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National Overeating Day (aka Thanksgiving) is coming up, and a road trip to the annual food fest is part of the plan for many people. Long-distance holiday travel on Thanksgiving Day increases by 54 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The anticipation of getting to the table may be half the fun. But what happens if your car breaks down along the way? Besides being late for dinner, you could wind up with a hefty towing bill if you didn’t plan ahead.

Think you own the road? So do deer and other critters

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Animals can’t read traffic signs, and some humans don’t bother. Caution signs alerting drivers to animal crossings dot highways across the U.S. But deer refuse to be corralled into using designated crosswalks, so the open highway is wide open to them. Deer cross wherever they want, and sometimes they choose to do so just as a hapless driver speeds along.  November is the peak of deer mating season, prime time for deer-car collisions. Be careful out there, especially if you are planning a trip north because our neighboring states have more deer crashes than Florida. 

No room for rebels on the road

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He was an icon back in the 1950s, a legend seen as either a very cool tough guy or a troubled teen, depending on your perspective. Yet, there is agreement that James Dean died too soon – in a car crash that reinforced both images. He was only 24 when he died in a high-speed crash in 1955, and the “Giant” lessons the “Rebel Without a Cause” left bear relearning today – 60 years later.

In Florida, driver fatalities are highest in the 20-24 age group.

Sharing the road with bicyclists

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We live in a so-called sharing economy, so why are drivers so unwilling to share the road? Ours is a state where pedaling a bike on the roadway is dangerous to one’s health.

Florida has the highest death rates in the nation for bicyclists, 10 times higher than the safest state (Vermont) and more than double the national average.

Older drivers and safety: Tips to save lives and money

Taking a Mature Driver Course could earn you a discount on auto insurance.

Last week was Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, and while it was an event that just sped past me, it offered an idea worthy of putting in park for contemplation. When you’re considering hiding the car keys from an aging relative, suggest a driving fitness evaluation from a third party. 

Teen Driver Safety Week: Don’t touch that phone

8 percent of the total daily car crashes in Florida involve teen drivers.

Every day, on average, there are more than 700 traffic crashes on Florida roadways, according to the crash facts report by the Dept. of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. About 8 percent of those crashes involve teen drivers.

Drivers between the ages of 15-19 naturally have less experience. But teen drivers also tend to think they are experts at multitasking, which is an incredibly dumb thing to believe while driving.