Florida motorists are some of the only few in the nation that have the privilege of driving on the beach. There’s almost nothing more exciting than riding on sand right by the ocean. However, not everyone stays safe while driving, but if you keep a few tips in mind, you may prevent yourself from becoming involved in a Volusia County car crash.
Drive Only in the Designated Areas
Although it may be tempting to ride everywhere on the beach, including the soft sand spots and fun dunes, but doing so is not only prohibited—it’s also dangerous. Instead, motorists must ride within the designated areas, which are usually marked with signs and wooden posts. These areas are located in places in which pedestrians are typically not present, and the sand is hard-packed, which makes driving much easier as it is similar to riding on the road. Straying away from these areas could result in striking a pedestrian or breaking down because of the loose sand.
Ride the Speed Limit
Driving areas typically feature slower speed limits, often around 10 or 15 mph. The reasoning is that beaches are populated areas where adults, children and pets are typically walking and running around. If someone darts in front of you, you’ll want to be driving slowly enough that you can come to a stop. Not obeying the speed limit will likely result in a traffic ticket.
Staying alert and looking ahead at all times while riding is essential. If you become distracted, you could potentially strike a person or pet who happens to step into the driving area. You could also hit another vehicle that has to stop suddenly if you are looking elsewhere.
Riding on the beach is a favorite pastime that has been enjoyed for decades. Becoming involved in a Volusia County car crash while on the beach can leave you seriously injured. If this happens to you, you’ll the help of an experienced attorney on your side. If not, you could end up responsible for expensive medical bills, which we don’t think is fair.
Contact the attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert and find out if we can help.
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