Especially in summer, accidents often occur during the heat of the day. Rain combined with heat pools oil on the surface of the road. The rain has not had time to wash the oil off the surface and it becomes a very slick, dangerous combination. Slow down and allow for extra braking room. Use your low beams during rainstorms. Using low beam headlights during a rainstorm is the law in Florida and in many other states.
Keep clear of road rage ! Honking, yelling and gesturing at other drivers is likely to provoke someone to violent behavior and won't help to get traffic moving. Be calm and patient. For more, interesting information, read our "Beware of Scams" section.
Stay on major roads. Because you don’t know any side streets you could pick the one that locals avoid. There will be more people and better lighting on the main roads. A heavily travelled, well lit area makes it riskier for criminals
Careful if you have to pull over. A new generic model car coming from an airport, or out of state plates, may target you as an easy mark. Often, criminals will try to get you to pull over by pointing out that something looks wrong with your car. Sometimes they may fake a small accident, like a tap on your bumper to get you to stop. With the possibility that this may be a scam, be especially careful about where you pull over. Always try to pick a well-lit public place.
Even as a common courtesy, avoid flashing your lights at other cars that are driving without their lights at night. Unfortunately sometimes gangs drive with their lights off and pick a driver that signals them as someone to harass. This is not an "Urban Legend", state and local police have put out memos to all rental companies in their area.
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