Make Driving Safer With the New iOS 11 Feature!

Posted by Samantha Daleb on Jan 18, 2018 2:48:06 PM


Did you know that 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving? Texting while driving is extremely distracting and your attention will shift from the road to the phone without even thinking.  Answering a text takes away your attention from your driving focus for about 5 seconds.  At 55 mph that is enough time to travel the length of a football field.  Scary, right?  If you or anyone you know has trouble not checking the phone while driving, the iPhone iOS 11 update has a new feature that will help!



Do Not Disturb While Driving

The new iPhone iOS 11 update has a "Do Not Disturb While Driving feature". This feature helps a driver resist the temptation to check the phone while driving. Here's how it works.

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While your vehicle is in motion, your iPhone will remain silent and the screen will stay black. The feature will automatically block incoming notifications while the car is in motion. The person trying to contact you will receive a notification letting them know you are currently driving. Once you are at a stop your iPhone will sense you are no longer driving and you will then receive all those important texts you missed! If your iPhone is connected to Bluetooth while you're driving, you will still be able to receive all your incoming calls and send voice messages via Bluetooth.  Sounds pretty cool, doesn't it?

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Customize the feature!

You can also customize the do not "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature!  Go to settings > Do Not Disturb > Activate.  Once you press activate you will have three options:

  • Automatically: The first option is to automatically have the feature turn on as soon as your iPhone senses that you are driving.
  • The second option is to have the do not disturb feature turn on when your iPhone connects to your cars bluetooth. 
  • Manually: The third option is to manually turn the feature on before you begin driving.

You're also able to choose who will receive an auto-reply in addition to customizing the message you want sent!  However, if you are the passenger you can disable the feature in order to use your driver's phone. 

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Wait, There's More!

Are you a parent? Are you worried about your teenager driving for the first time and want to make sure they are as safe as possible? Well luckily for you the iOS update also has the option of putting a restriction on the phone so the feature stays on.  All you have to do is go to Settings > General > Restrictions, put in a passcode and press "Do Not Disturb While Driving". Your teen will have no choice but to remain off the phone while they are driving.  

For more information on this iPhone feature click here

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Let's Put an End to Texting and Driving!

Do you need help blocking out these distractions while driving? IPhone users, make sure to update your software to iOS 11 if you haven't so already. This feature will force you to wait. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from texting and driving.  Enable this feature today to make sure you stay safe, and everyone else on the road as well!

Currently, in Florida, there is a "No texting While Diving Bill" advising by legislation, to be a  primary offense.  Right now texting while driving is only a secondary offense in Florida.  For more information on the Texting While Driving Bill click here


The Florida Safety Council promotes safety in every phase of life.  


Tags: iPhone, Don't Text and Drive, iOS11, Do Not Disturb

Too Impaired to Drive Home After a Holiday Party? Call AAA!

Posted by Marilena Deniear on Jan 12, 2018 1:13:50 PM


Now that the holidays are over, it seems that everyone’s mind is focused on getting back to work and making sure that they get off to a good start for the new year.  It currently seems disappointing that the holiday fun is over and that there will not be any holiday parties to go to for quite awhile.



But now we have a whole new year of holidays to look forward to! Though it may seem like a long time until your friends and family get together again for another party, the Super Bowl is just around the corner.   Many of us will get together on February 4th, 2018 to either huddle around the TV screen or to just to enjoy each other’s company.


Perhaps you may be someone who doesn’t consume alcoholic beverages too often.  However, there is  an increased chance that during big celebrations throughout the year you are more likely to drink.  Sometimes people forget that they are going to need a designated sober driver to get them back home.  Or sometimes people may have not intended to consume any alcohol at all but then after getting to the party they might decide to partake in some celebratory drinking.


If you ever find yourself this year unable and or inebriated to drive during a U.S. holiday, you can call your local AAA service area to tow your car.  The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation and Budweiser provides free confidential rides available to AAA Members and non-members in order to prevent impaired drivers risking the lives of others or themselves when getting behind the wheel.  Their program "Tow to Go" enables AAA tow trucks to transport the vehicle and driver home or somewhere safe within 10 miles.  Be safe, plan ahead.  Don't drink and drive! 


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Tow to Go Service Areas

Toll Free Phone Number

FL, GA, TN, NE, IA, MI, ND, IN (Fort Wayne/South Bend) and WI (Wausau)

(855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246


The following is a list of all of the holidays that AAA will tow your car for free in 2018! 



Date (Day) of Holiday

Days/Times Tow to Go is Provided

Super Bowl

February 4th (Sunday)

Friday, February 2nd — 6 a.m. on Monday, February 5th

St. Patrick's Day

March 17th (Saturday)

Friday, March 16th — 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 18th

Cinco de Mayo

May 5th (Saturday)

Friday, May 4th — 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 6th

Memorial Day

May 28th (Monday)

Friday, May 25th — 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29th

Independence Day

July 4th (Wednesday)

Friday, June 29th — 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 5th

Labor Day

September 3rd (Monday)

Friday, August 31st — 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4th


October 31st (Wednesday)

Wednesday, October 31st — 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 1st


November 22nd (Thursday)

Wednesday, November 21nd — 6 a.m. on Sunday, November 25th

Christmas thru
New Year’s Eve

December 25th (Tuesday)
December 31st (Monday)

Friday, December 21st — 6 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2nd 2019


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 The Florida Safety Council promotes safety in every phase of life.  Please always designate a sober driver.


Tags: DUI, Don't Drink and Drive

Taking A Domestic Flight Just Got A Little Bit Tougher

Posted by Samantha Daleb on Jan 8, 2018 4:50:33 PM


Do you know that you might not be able to travel domestically after

January 22nd with a license?


When do you Plan to Travel Next?

Traveling anywhere has its ups and downs.  Of course It’s always good to get away for a while and take time to relax; but again the ups and downs of getting to that location can sometimes be a hassle.

With all the packing, planning, and timing, your traveling can be stressful.  And to even add more stress, traveling on a domestic flight is about to become more of a challenge. 

Starting on January 22nd, 2018 passengers will need their ID to be  compliant with the REAL ID Act.  And we suggest you don’t jump through more hoops than needed when getting checked in through TSA.  So if you do have a special getaway planned, you might want to think about planning a trip to the DMV first!

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For more information visit Homeland Security's website by clicking here.  

What is a Real ID?

You are probably wondering what a Real ID means and the steps you have to take in order to get one for yourself.  A Real ID is a state-issued driver’s license one must obtain by meeting minimum security standards.

The Real ID Act, passed in 2005, prohibits Federal agencies from accepting driver’s licenses that do not meet these standards.

You can check if your DL is a Real ID by looking for a star located on your license. The following is a sample below. 

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Here are the three categories in which you must bring documents from in order to receieve a Real ID: 

  1. Primary document or ID
  2. Proof of Social Security
  3. Proof of Residential Address

For more information on the specific documents in each category, go to


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What if you’ve never had a license or taken the road test before?

If you need a road test you’re in luck! The Florida safety council is the perfect place where you can take a road test in order to receive a full (Class E) operator’s license. There are no wait times and walk-ins are always welcomed.  And of course, all new licenses will be compliant! 

In order to apply you must:

  • Currently hold a valid learner's license or international license.
  • Safe car if using your own.  The vehicle must have a valid tag, proof of insurance, and pass a vehicle inspection. You may also utilize a Safety Council vehicle at an extra charge.
  • Photo ID -  Valid passport, Alien registration card (green card), school ID
  • Secondary  ID -  SS card or know the number, State ID number, Green card number or I-94 number.
  • Test takers who are married, or have reached the age of 18 do not need a parent or Guardian present but must present the required ID before taking the test. 

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The test is currently being given in English or Spanish; however, please bring a translator for any other languages!

*Instructors are professionally certified, State of Florida approved. Each instructor has undergone extensive training in various levels of driver’s education, as well as background screenings.


Driver License Road Tests






1505 E. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803

MON - FRI 8 AM to 4 PM and SAT 8 AM to 3 PM



7800 S Us Hwy. 17-92 Suite 100
Casselberry, FL 32730

MON - FRI 8 AM to 4 PM and SAT 8 AM to 3 PM



1515 Elizabeth Street, Suite C
Melbourne, FL 32901

TUE - FRI 8 AM to 4 PM and SAT 8 AM to 3 PM



3501 W. Vine Street, Suite 124

MON - FRI 8:00AM - 5:00PM



9389 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612

Appointments only on Saturdays


*Closed on Martin Luther King Jr Day


Get through security stress free, check your license before it's too late!


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Our mission is to reduce preventable injuries and save lives through highly effective safety and health training, professional testing and monitoring. We promote safety in every phase of life: in the home, on the road, in schools, businesses, industrial facilities and government. The United Safety Council represents people and businesses working together to prevent mishaps, injuries and fatalities and the costs associated with them.


Our vision is people living and working safely, protecting the safety and health of those around them.

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