Tampa is a beautiful place to live and enjoy, but there are some areas where drivers are at a greater risk of getting into a collision. Some of those areas are intersections such as:
· Sheldon Road and Waters Avenue
· Waters Avenue and Anderson Road
· Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Fletcher Avenue East
· Bloomingdale Avenue at Providence Road
· Bloomingdale Avenue at Bell Shoals Road
· US 301 at Big Bend Road
These and other intersections are dangerous for various reasons, such as being part of high-speed corridors or traffic congestion.
Hundreds of collisions happen across these intersections each year. In the latest released data, for example, Sheldon Road and West Waters Avenue had 107 collisions between May 1, 2017, and August 31, 2018. US 301 at Big Bend Road had 86 in that same time frame, and another 95 at Gibsonton Drive.
What can you do to stay safer as you approach one of these dangerous intersections?
Many people who live in Tampa have no choice but to try to go through these intersections safely. If you will be approaching one of them on your drive, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself safer.
To start with, make sure you’re in the correct lane if you’re on a multi-lane road. Trying to switch lanes prior to the intersection can be dangerous, so make sure you use your turn signal for at least 100 feet before trying to merge over.
Another thing to do is to slow down. Even though you may have a green light or the right-of-way, you should slow down and look both ways as you approach an intersection in case another driver makes an error. This could help prevent a crash with another vehicle if a driver runs a red light or stop sign.
Finally, plan your route. If you can avoid traveling in these areas during high-traffic times or you can take them out of your route, doing so will help you avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation.
These intersections are dangerous, but good preventative actions can help keep you and your loved ones safe.