With residents and visitors starting to venture out more on Florida’s roadways, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has launched its Safe Summer Travel campaign.

FLHSMV and its Division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association and AAA – The Auto Club Group for the campaign.

“This summer, your safety is of utmost importance,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry Rhodes.

“Take time to make sure your vehicle is travel ready before your trip, and remember, no matter how eager you are to get to your destination, speeding and driving aggressively is against the law and extremely dangerous.

“Whether it’s a day trip or a long overdue road trip, remember to slow down, stay cool and be safe.”

FLHSMV is reminding motorists to follow this Safe Summer Travel Checklist:

  • Slow down, stay cool. Obey all posted speed limits. Speeding and driving aggressively increases the probability and severity of a crash.
  • Check all tires, including the spare.
  • NEVER leave children or pets in vehicles unattended.
  • Register emergency contact information.
  • Prepare for driving in inclement weather.
  • Check for recalls. Always make sure your vehicle is in peak condition to travel. Check for recalls before hitting the road at safercar.gov.
  • Drive Sober. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver or call a ride service. Report impaired drivers by dialing *FHP (*347) or 911.