Florida has been rated number six on the fifty state ranking of worst drivers by the insurance industry. There are those who would dispute a ranking of less than number one.
Of course this is not to imply that Floridians are bad drivers. Ask any native and you will be informed that the bad driving reputation is because of all the snowbirds arriving seasonally from the north.
When I first mentioned getting a car to keep in Florida, my brother advised me to be sure to get one that was configured so that I could not see over the steering wheel. I don't know if it is true that old people start to shrink, but there does seem to be a tendency toward going for ever increasing size as one gets older. I can only assume that maybe we are going for increased visibility?
Turn signals? They tend to get disabled at the factory before shipping to Florida dealers. Saves that constant annoying blink-blink-blinking.
Stop sign? Slow down if you are so inclined. Red light? Hurry up before the stopped lane can get moving. If someone is actually inclined to come to a full stop under either of these suggestions, honk your horn like crazy! How dare anyone impede the flow?
And of course those people who go the speed limit, especially in the fast lane on the interstate highways--only asking for people to pass on the right and cut them off at every available opportunity.
I have actually seen a person I knew to be legally blind behind the wheel. One time Mike saw a van that had "Two Blind Guys" on the side. It took him until about five miles down the road when he started laughing and said, "Oh, window treatment business!" I have seen the occasional turn onto the sidewalk--you know, where someone neglected to put a driveway.
I didn't make this up:
(Don't know if someone else did)
A 69 year old man in Stuart, Florida was out drinking with his wife the other night. The couple got into a bit of an argument and he decided he was just going to leave. He said he first noticed the banging on the roof and the screaming when he stopped at a light, but since he did not have a cell phone to call the police to report his wife for dogging him in this way, he just kept going.
But I suppose these things can happen anywhere.
BTW, I drive a little Ford Focus and so far I can still see over the steering wheel, but I do wish it had a backup camera.