Highways are the quickest way to travel. They are a high speed multi lane road, with ramps as entrances and exits. Since the speed is higher, the driving can be more stressful and difficult. Accidents on a highway are oftentimes more serious due to the speed on impact, so drivers need to follow the proper rules of the road to reduce the risk of crashing.
Here are 10 safety tips for highway driving.
1. Pick the Right Time to Drive
If you’re nervous or new at driving, try to avoid rush hour while driving on the highway, as there will be more traffic and speeding than usual. Driving on a highway with less cars will help you become more comfortable with traveling at higher speeds.
2. Wear Your Seatbelt
Wearing a seatbelt is always important while driving, but especially on the highway. With much higher speeds, the accidents are usually more serious, so wearing your seatbelt could save your life.
3. Get Up To Speed
While on the ramp preparing to enter the freeway, get up to speed to prevent unnecessary traffic movement, and reduce the chances of cutting someone off. By traveling at the same pace as the rest, you can easily, safely slip into the moving traffic.
4. Check Your Mirrors Frequently
Traveling higher speeds, a lot can happen in a few seconds. Make sure to always scan your surroundings, and know what’s going on in front of you, as well as behind you.
5. Stick To The Right Lane
Only use the left lane for passing. If you drive most of your trip in the left lane passing every vehicle you come across, you are increasing your traffic interaction which increases crash risk.
6. Leave Space
Because you’re traveling faster speeds, you may need more space for you and your car to have reaction time. On the highway you should leave 4-6 seconds of space between your car and the car ahead of you.
7. Always Signal
It is very important to signal your intentions so other cars can react accordingly. Signal exiting, merging, and lane changes even if theirs no one around.
8. Stay Focused
The average speed on highways in Atlantic Canada is 100km/h. Traveling that speed, and looking down for even 5 seconds means that you have traveled the length of a football field without looking. Avoid distractions on the highway so you can be prepared to drive defensively.
9. Stay Calm
Stay calm and let road rage go while driving on the highway as it can impair judgment, and won’t do anyone any good. Let things go, and focus on your own driving.
10. Weather Watch
Faster speeds are more dangerous during bad weather. Be conscious of the road conditions before taking to the highway. If it’s snowy, icy, or raining, consider postponing the trip, or taking a detour through slower roads. If you must drive on the highway through bad weather, take it slow, and refrain from passing.
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