Good Driving

  • Good driving is based on practice and being alert at the wheel.

  • Good drivers know that driving is a full time job. They give driving their full attention.

  • Good drivers know, understand, and respect the rules.

  • Good drivers keep their vehicles in safe operating condition.

  • Good drivers do not drive when they are ill, upset or angry.

Safety Belts

According to law of Florida about driving, regardless of seating position, all occupants of vans, cars and pickup trucks who are 6 years of age or older have to wear seat belts. Passengers of 16 and older who disobey this provision can be fined individually. Drivers will be held responsible and fined for passengers 15 years old and younger who are found unrestrained. Preschooler children through 3 years of age must be properly protected using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device. Such restraint device must be a detach carrier or a vehicle manufacturer's integrated child seat. A separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a seat belt may be used for children aged 4 through 5 years, what ever is convenient. This seat belt law applies to passenger cars manufactured beginning with the 1968 model year, and trucks beginning with the 1972 model year.

The law exempts the following from the seat belt requirements:

  • Any person certified by a physician as having a medical condition that causes the seat belt use to be unsuitable or risky.

  • A person who is Employee of a  home delivery service such as newspapers, while delivering newspapers on home delivery routes.

  • Trucks of a net weight of more than 5,000 pounds.

  • Motorcycle, moped or bicycle.

In a crash, you are far more likely to be killed if you are not wearing a safety belt. Wearing shoulder belts and lap belts make your chances of living through a crash twice as good.

Florida Speed Limits

Business or Residential Area 25MPH  30MPH
Rural Interstate Limited Access Highways 70MPH*
All Other Roads and Highways 25MPH 55MPH

*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 multi-lane highways. Drivers should not assume because the area appears to be rural, the limit is 70 MPH. Observe and obey the posted speed signs as there may be frequent changes from area to area along the selected highways.

Turn Signals and Emergency Signals

You must use hand signals or directional signals to show that you are about to turn.
It is against the law to use your directional signals to tell drivers behind you that they can pass.
Four-way emergency flashers should only be used while your vehicle is legally stopped or disabled on the highway or shoulder of highway.

Traffic Lanes

Always drive on the right side of a two-lane highway except when passing. If the road has four or more lanes with two-way traffic, drive in the right lanes except when overtaking and passing.
Left lanes on some interstate roads are reserved for car pool vehicles with two or more occupants in the car - watch for diamond signs in the median. The center lane of a three-lane or five-lane highway is used only for turning left.
If you see red reflectors facing you on the lane lines, you are on the wrong side of the road. Get into the proper lane immediately! If you see red reflectors on the lines on the edge of the road, you are on the wrong freeway ramp. Pull over immediately! Red reflectors always mean you are facing traffic the wrong way and could have a head-on collision.


When parking on a public road, move as far away from traffic as possible. If there is a roadside shoulder, pull as far onto it as you can. If there is a curb, pull close to it - you must not park more than one foot away.
Always park on the right side of the roadway, unless it is a one-way street.
Make sure your vehicle cannot move. Set the parking brake and shift to park with an automatic transmission or reverse with a manual transmission. Turn off the engine and lock the vehicle. Florida law requires that you take the keys out of your vehicle before leaving it. Always check traffic behind you before getting out, or get out on the curb side.
Before you leave any parked position, look over your shoulder to the rear to make sure the way is clear. Give the proper turn signal if driving from a curb and yield to other traffic.

Where Parking is not Allowed

  • On the roadway side of another parked vehicle (double parking).

  • On crosswalks.

  • On sidewalks.

  • In front of driveways.

  • By curbs painted yellow or where "No Parking" signs are posted.

  • Within intersections.
    Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

  • Within 20 feet of an intersection.

  • Within 20 feet of the entrance to a fire, ambulance or rescue squad station.

  • Within 50 feet of a railroad crossing.

  • On the hard surface of a highway where parking spaces are not marked.

  • On any bridge or overpass or in any tunnel.

  • Within 30 feet of a rural mail box on a state highway between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Within 30 feet of any flashing signal, stop sign or traffic signal.

  • In such a way that you block or create a hazard for other vehicles.



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