Solutions and Alternatives for Texting and Driving

Since smartphones became ubiquitous in our daily lives, the issue of texting while driving has garnered extensive attention, and rightfully so. It continues to be a major threat to road safety, and the problem has not eluded drivers in the Sunshine State. While recent legislation has played a pivotal role in combating text and driving, integrating technological advancements can significantly help curb this dangerous habit. This blog seeks to highlight various technological solutions compliant with Florida’s texting and handheld law that aims to provide a safe driving environment for all.

What Is Florida’s Law on Texting and Driving?

Understanding Florida’s law is the first step towards seeking compliant solutions. Since July 1, 2019, CS/HB 107 has been in effect. This law on texting and driving prohibits individuals from operating a vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device. 

Hands-Free Technology

Hands-free devices permit drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel, reducing the chances of accidents due to distraction. Technologies like Bluetooth enable drivers to make calls or send messages without having to physically handle their phones. Modern vehicles often come equipped with voice-controlled systems like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto which further allow for safer communication on the road.

Blocking and Monitoring Apps

Various applications like LifeSaver and The DriveWell Platform help deter drivers from using phones while driving. LifeSaver can block phone usage while driving and sends notifications to loved ones, (or adults that are monitoring minor drivers) once you’ve safely arrived at your destination. The DriveWell Platform comprehensively monitors phone usage and other driving habits, providing insights to promote safer driving practices.

Do Not Disturb Features

If you’re the kind of person that just can’t help yourself, both Android and iOS have ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ features that, when activated, silence all notifications and can even send auto-replies indicating that you’re driving. Customizing these settings will usually be the most straightforward step you can take towards minimizing distractions.

Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Many modern vehicles come equipped with ADAS. It’s a revolutionary system with features like lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise control. While these systems primarily focus on enhancing driving safety, they can also indirectly reduce the urge to text while driving by keeping drivers engaged.

Community Awareness Campaigns

Florida has had several collaborations between local government bodies, educational institutions, and private entities that can lead to impactful awareness campaigns. Campaigns like “Traffic Zero”and “It All Can Wait” utilizing real-life testimonials and comprehensive data can help underline the dangers of texting while driving.

Autonomous Vehicles

This one may seem like science fiction, but there has been a gradual shift towards autonomous vehicles, hinting at a future where texting and driving could become totally obsolete. Although this solution may seem distant, the technology offers a quite promising prospect toward completely eradicating distracted driving.

Distracted driving can not only be dangerous, it can be costly, that’s why Florida Farm Bureau Insurance has you covered with high-quality auto insurance to keep you covered. Use our Agent Finder to get a quote today.

Guide to Buying a Motorcycle in Florida

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for your next adrenaline rush or a commuter seeking a more efficient means of transportation, buying a motorcycle can prove to be an exhilarating experience. However, it’s not as simple as strolling into a dealership, pointing to the shiniest bike, and riding off into the sunset. In Florida, there are several crucial factors to consider before hitting the open road. Strap in as we delve into all you need to know about purchasing a motorcycle in the Sunshine State.

What Are Your Needs

Before purchasing a motorcycle, understanding your specific needs and preferences is a key step in the process. Are you someone who’s into high-speed thrills or do envision yourself on long, leisurely rides across the state? The former called for a sports motorcycle, while the latter could mean you prefer a touring motorcycle for comfort over long distances. 

Understanding Florida Motorcycle Laws

Before you hit the open road, it’s vital to familiarize yourself with Florida’s motorcycle laws. These regulations are intended to keep you and other road users safe while maintaining order on the highways. 

Complete a Basic Rider Course

All riders in the state of Florida must acquire a Motorcycle Endorsement on their driver’s license, which involves completing a Basic Rider Course from an approved provider listed by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle. This endorsement is a testament to your competency as a rider and knowledge of motorcycle operations. 

Helmet Laws

In terms of helmet laws, Florida operates a partial helmet law. This means that riders over the age of 21 who have at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage have the option to ride without a helmet. However, we recommend always wearing a helmet to prioritize safety. 

Minimum Insurance Requirements

Florida law mandates that all motorcycle owners must have insurance. The minimum requirements are $10,000 for a single person’s bodily injury, $20,000 for two or more people, and $10,000 per crash for property damage. These laws are vital for every prospective motorcycle owner to understand and adhere to, as they ensure both your safety and compliance with state regulations.

Do Research on Prices

To ensure you’re making the most informed decision possible, you should conduct a diligent price research. Motorcycles are like any other vehicles and can vary significantly in price based on factors such as make, model, year, and condition. New motorcycles come with the latest features and technology, but they typically also come with a heftier price tag. On the other hand, used motorcycles can be the far more affordable option, especially for beginner riders. But used motorcycles might require more maintenance and don’t usually come with a warranty. Check various selling platforms – dealerships,motorcycle-specific websites, and even auctions. 

Purchase Safety Gear

Your safety as a rider should always be your top priority when on a motorcycle, and an essential aspect means investing in the right safety gear. As mentioned above, riders over the age of 21 are not required by law to wear a helmet in Florida if minimum insurance requirements are met. However, irrespective of age or the state’s legal requirement, wearing a helmet is always a wise choice. A proper helmet can significantly reduce the risk of severe head injuries in case of an accident. You should also look into purchasing a sturdy jacket to protect against wind and minor scrapes, gloves to ensure a good grip, and boots to protect your feet. 

Whenever you hit the road on your new motorcycle, it should be a free and fun experience, and Florida Farm Bureau Insurance has you covered with high-quality insurance. Get a fast and free quote today.

Carve a Florida-Themed Pumpkin

Fall comes with a host of different traditions to mark the start of the season. As the months go on, you’ll see more of one of fall’s most practiced traditions: pumpkin carving. There is no shortage of different themes you could choose for your jack-o-lantern, but we’ve compiled a list of pumpkin carving with a decidedly more Florida flavor. 

Pumpkin Carving With Tropical Themes

When you think about the Sunshine State, there are few images that instantly come to mind. Some are surely tropical, like palm trees and sunsets. Jack-o-lanterns that feature some of these traditional tropical iconography are an easy way to show off your Florida pride.

Pumpkin Carving With Florida Sports Team Logos

A great go-to for unique jack-o-lantern design are carvings featuring your favorite sports team. Florida has a host of different sports teams from all four major sports for you to select from. It may be a bit ambitious to do free-hand, but never fear, there 

NBA Teams

Miami Heat and Orlando Magic stencils are available for the NBA fans here in Florida.

MLB Teams

There are some stencils for both of the MLB teams Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays for fans of baseball. 

NFL Teams

NFL fans will find some fun designs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Miami Dolphins.

NHL Fans

Hockey fans can carve out some fun with these designs for the Tampa Bay Lighting and the Florida Panthers


Florida is home to multiple colleges/universities with huge fan-bases throughout the state. Here are a few to choose from for your next pumpkin creation:

If you’re carving last-minute and don’t have time to get your hands on one of these stencils, then you can still show off you school’s pride by carving its initials.

Fall is here, which means you could be traveling to see friends and family across the state and the country. Florida Farm Bureau Insurance has you covered when you’re on the road with high-quality car insurance. Contact your local agent and get a quote today.

Find a Local Sweet Corn Stand

Florida is home to some great local eats, especially locally grown fruits and vegetables. One of the veggies Floridians have gone crazy for lately is sweet corn. With October marking the start of sweet corn season, we thought we’d take a look at some local stands where you can find the best sweet corn around. 

Steve’s Farm

Walnut Hill

Steve’s Farm, nestled in the heart of Walnut Hill, has long been a cherished destination for local produce enthusiasts. Claiming to be home to the best sweet corn in all of northwest Florida, visitors can expect a fresh crop come October, along with an inviting ambiance that captures the essence of Floridian farming.

Wolfe’s Produce Market


Wolfe’s Produce Market is not just another produce stand, but a Riverview staple. While you’ll find a lot more than sweet corn here to fall in love with, their golden ears are particularly sought after. Boasting a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies, each visit feels like a journey through Florida’s bountiful harvest.

Finest Farms


Finest Farms, true to its name, stands out as a premier destination for sweet corn aficionados. Situated in scenic Brooksville, the farm specializes in sweet corn, with their fresh fall crop garnering attention from both locals and visitors. The commitment and passion behind their cultivation is palpable in every bite.

Great Scott Farms

Mount Dora

Tucked away in the charming town of Mount Dora, Great Scott Farms boasts a long-standing tradition of sweet corn cultivation. Their dedication to sustainable farming and organic practices ensures that each kernel is bursting with flavor. If you want something else, you’ll find plenty of other veggies as well.

Parkesdale Market

Plant City

Recognized as a haven for fresh produce lovers, Parkesdale Market in Plant City is a must-visit for those craving the genuine taste of Florida. Beyond their corn, their homemade treats and vibrant atmosphere make it a memorable pit stop.

Frazier Farm


Family operated and deeply rooted in Brooksville’s agricultural history, Frazier Farm offers not only delicious sweet corn but also a true farm experience. Their commitment to quality ensures that every ear of corn is picked at the peak of freshness.

Robert Is Here

Homestead once called Robert Is Here “The Disney World of fruit stands.” But don’t let the name fool you—this well-established icon of trade specializes in all manner of fruits and vegetables. And when it comes to corn, Robert Is Here isn’t shy, claiming their corn in the husk to be “The best sweet corn in town.!”

The Stand


The reviews of The Stand on Facebook all say the same thing: the produce is great, the prices are right, and the owners, Matt and Luanne, are as kind as they come. If you’re in central Florida with a hankering for some sweet corn, head over to The Stand and put those reviews to the test.

Snow’s Country Market

Beverly Hills

Snow’s Country Market “is all about the local community, we’re here for you with a warm welcome to our beautiful market.” And you can believe that when it’s sweet corn season, you’ll be able to get a side of delicious with their warm, welcoming environment.

When you’re on the road looking for all the best local veggie and fruit stands, you’re going to need high-quality car insurance, and Florida Farm Bureau Insurance has you covered. Contact your local agent and get a quote today.

Dog Owners Guide to Florida

Dog owners will be the first to tell you just how much their fur-babies are practically members of the family. Despite warmer temperatures, you’ll find that there are several dog breeds that find the Florida climate appealing. Dog owners are always on the lookout for fun and pet-friendly outings, and the Sunshine State has options.

Pet-Friendly Hotels

When you need accommodations, we recommend using your Florida Farm Bureau Federation member benefit for a preferred rate at certain hotels. Choice Hotels, for example, offers members a discount at participating hotels and operates more than 3,500 pet-friendly hotels across the United States, including throughout Florida. 

Dog Parks

If you aren’t looking to make a whole trip out of it, we’ve compiled a list of pet-specific parks to take advantage of, found all over our state.

Amelia Earhart Bark Park

401 E 65th St., Hialeah

Visitors to the Miami-area will find an abundance of activities for their pups to do at this 515-acre park just outside the city. The park has separate areas for different weights as wells as a ton of facilities including dog obstacle courses, dog water fountains, shaded areas, and dog owner seating

Logan Gate Dog Park

7374 Monterey Blvd., Tampa

Conventionally located for most folks in Tampa, the Logan Gate Dog Park keeps your dog safe with two separate off the leash areas to play. There’s no need to worry about the hotter days of summer as the park has plenty of water fountains available for you and your dog. Not to mention wash stations to cool off your four-legged friends. 

Barber Dog Park

3701 Gatlin Ave., Orlando

One of Central Florida’s most popular dog parks is the Barber Dog Park in Orlando. The park features two large off-leash areas where small and large breeds can play separately and safely. If you need to burn off some energy from a particularly rambunctious dog, a few rounds on the agility equipment should do the trick.

Brohard Paw Park

1850 Harbor Drive S., Venice

Thinking of combining a dog park day and beach day all in one? There’s no need to look no further than Brohard Paw Park. It’s the only pet-friendly beach in all of Sarasota County making it a favorite spot among canine loving locals. 

Pet-Friendly State Parks

What about a trip that’s a bit longer? Here are a few state parks that don’t mind if your fur baby tags along. Nearly all domestic pets are permitted in designated areas in day-use state parks in Florida, except for Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. The Florida State Parks system provides helpful information for visitors of the park.

Blackwater Heritage State Trail

Those with a dog up to it will find quite the adventure on the trail here. The trail has the distinction of being the westernmost state-rail trail running through historic Milton and offers lots for you and your pup to see along its more than nine miles.

Falling Waters State Park

Home to the state’s highest waterfall at over 100-feet, the park offers a much different experience than you’d expect from Florida. Your pet is welcomed, as long as they are leashed and well-behaved, throughout the park, so you can enjoy hiking, camping, swimming and much more with your furry family member.

At Farm Bureau Insurance, we take care of what matters most—including your pet. Contact a local agent near you to find out more about Pet Injury Protection, which can cover Fido’s injuries and more if there’s an auto accident.