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5. Driving Safety
- 5.1. Distracted Drivers
- 5.2. Getting Ready to Drive
- 5.3. Defensive Driving
- 5.4. Driving Safety for Mature Drivers - Tips to Help You Drive Safer .... Longer
- 5.5. When You Back Up
- 5.6. Avoiding Rear-end Collisions
- 5.7. Emotions
- 5.8. Basic Driver Improvement
- 5.9. Safety Belts
- 5.10. Protecting Children
- 5.11. Speed Limits
- 5.12. Following Officer's and Fireman's Instructions
- 5.13. Crossing Intersections
- 5.14. Right-of-Way
- 5.15. Stop Signs
- 5.16. Open Intersections
- 5.17. Roundabouts
- 5.18. Driveways
- 5.19. Emergency Vehicles
- 5.20. Making Turns
- 5.21. Turnabout (Three-Point Turn)
- 5.22. Turn Signals and Emergency Signals
- 5.23. Traffic Lanes
- 5.24. Blind Spots
- 5.25. Passing
- 5.26. Minimum Safe Following Distances
- 5.27. Parking
- 5.28. Expressway Driving
- 5.29. Night Driving
- 5.30. Animals
- 5.31. Reduced Visibility
- 5.32. Handling Emergencies
- 5.33. First Aid
Speed causes many crashes. More drivers are convicted of speeding than any other offense. To avoid being fined or involved in a crash, obey the speed limits. Speed is very important in a collision. If you double the speed of a car, you increase its force of impact four times. If you triple the speed, the impact is nine times as great.
70 Does Not Always Mean 70
Remember that speed limits show the fastest speed you may drive under good conditions. You are responsible for adjusting your driving speed to the road conditions. For example, if the weather is bad or there is a lot of traffic, you must drive more slowly than the posted speed. The safe speed is the one that allows you to have complete control of your vehicle and avoid collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians.
Florida "Standard" Speed Limits
|Municipal Speed Areas||30|
|Business or Residential Area||30|
|Limited Access Highways||70|
|All Other Roads and Highways||55*|
The 55 MPH maximum speed limit is still in effect in Florida except where otherwise posted. Speed limits are 70 MPH on some rural Interstate highways. Speed limits may be changed on other multilane highways and in areas where the conditions require lower speeds. Drivers should not assume because the area appears to be a particular urban, municipality, business or highway area that the speed is the standard or expected speed zone. Observe and obey the posted speed signs as there may be frequent changes from area to area along the selected roads or highways.
Speed limit signs are posted at the beginning of a speed zone and drivers must be driving no higher than that speed starting at the location of the posted sign and continuing until there is a posted speed limit change.
5.11.1 - Driving Too Slowly is also Against the Law
Drive with the flow of traffic (within the speed limit). You should not drive so slowly that you block other vehicles moving at normal, safe speeds. When driving slower than the flow of traffic, keep right so others may safely pass. You can be issued a ticket for driving too slowly. When the posted speed limit is 70 mph, the minimum speed limit is 50 mph.
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