I-75 - One of the 5 Most Dangerous HighwaysSeptember 22, 2022 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share
Stretching from Florida to Michigan and passing through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio, I-75 is one of the most dangerous roads in America ranking fifth, according to a study by the financial website ValuePenguin.com. In Florida, the number of fatalities on I-75 has gone up from the previous year. Lee County lost 91 people before year-end. At the same time last year, the number was 83, according to NBC-2.
There are faces behind the statistics.
- An 8-year-old girl from Nashville, Tennessee, was tragically killed in a multiple-vehicle crash on I-75 in Lee County on December 21, 2021. The crash happened in southbound lanes at 6:37 a.m. at mile marker 125 (between Daniels Parkway and Alico Road).
- The Florida Highway Patrol reported that two drivers tragically died in a crash on I-75 between Colonial Boulevard and Daniels Parkway on June 11, 2022. The victims were a 20-year-old man from Palm Beach Gardens and a 40-year-old woman from Punta Gorda.
The busiest roads are often in states with the highest populations. The Federal Highway Administration says that California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Michigan are home to the busiest interstates in the country. I-75 runs through three of these states. The agency confirms that there is a tendency for drivers to engage in risky behavior with so many vehicles on the road.
What are risky driving behaviors?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the riskiest driving behaviors for fatal crashes are:
When using I-75, keep these highway driving safety tips from experts in mind:
- Watch Your Speed
Travel at the posted speed limit in good conditions and adjust your speed when the going gets rough. Factors like rain, construction, and bumper-to-bumper traffic, are all indicators that you may need to slow down.
- Maintain a Safe Following Distance
Nobody likes being tailgated, and if the driver in front of you must come to a quick stop, following too closely could have dangerous consequences.
- Keep Right
On many highways, the left lane is considered the passing lane, so if you are not overtaking a slower-moving vehicle, stay in the right lane.
- Maximize Your Visibility
Turn on your headlights when the sun sets or whenever you use your windshield wipers, and make sure that your windshield, windows, and all exterior lights are clean.
- Be Alert and Well-Rested
Good road manners start with you, so do not get distracted by things like your smartphone, and give the highway your undivided attention. Stop to stretch every couple of hours and avoid drowsy driving.
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