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Key Tips On Staying Safe When Traveling On Busy Highways

Highways are public or private road on land which is for traveling long distance. The national highways in the United States are well-constructed, and it can accommodate various vehicles which makes it congested.

Due to the improving economy of the USA, more Americans can afford to travel great lengths and use the national highways for business and leisure.

Indeed, traveling on busy highways can minimize travel periods. Owners of big buses and trucks can also utilize the highways and continue with their operations, unlike other roads. Finally, highways offer new routes to places which you never had a chance to visit before.

However, there is a higher risk of accidents on the highways compared to other areas. According to the New York Times, more Americans are dying each year due to high-speed crashes, drunk-driving, and driving while texting.

Thus, in this article, we will discuss the top tips to stay safe when traveling via the busy highways.

Check The Condition Of Your Car


Before hitting the road, it is a must to check the status of your vehicle. Your automobile must be in top shape so you can get safely to your destination. See to it the following parts of your car are in excellent working condition:

  • Tires
  • Brake
  • Headlights
  • Wipers
  • Fluid levels such as engine coolant, transmission fluid, and oil
  • Brake pads or discs
  • Battery

If you think that there’s a problem with your car no matter how small it is, it is best if you don’t travel with it on the national highways. Accidents can happen even though you’re a great driver. Bring your car immediately to a maintenance shop so it can have it properly repaired.

 

Be Mindful Of Your Speed

When traveling, always see to it that your pace is according to the limitations as stated in the laws. The speed limit of the highways in the United States is a maximum of 70 to 80 mph.

Be mindful of other cars on the highway and adjust your pace when needed. When you go over the speed limit, you have a higher chance to be penalized by the law plus the chances of having an accident is higher too. Always take into account the weather and road conditons. Remember to slow down in the following cases:

  • Heavy rain or dense fog and there is low visibility
  • Highway construction
  • Whenever you are passing a car wreckage
  • Night time
  • Uneven surfaces, potholes, and cracked pavement
  • When there’s a traffic
  • If you get behind a slower automobile.

 

Do Not Text While Driving

Many drivers die in an accident because they text while they drive. According to the Federal Communications Commission, eight people are killed daily due to distraction from driving. With this in mind, it is essential to do the following:

  • Keep your eyes always on the road
  • Resist the temptation of taking calls and texting while driving
  • If the text or call is urgent, pull over in the safe lane and answer it. 4. Always Wear Your Seatbelt

The seatbelt is an essential device on your car. It can protect you from sudden impact when a collision happens plus from the bumps of the road. See to it that your other passengers, especially the kids wear their seatbelts.

 

Maintain Enough Distance From Other Cars

Tailgating on big vehicles is a major risk, especially on the highway. It is advisable not to get close to trucks and buses so the drivers can see you in their rear-view mirror, and you are not in their blind spot.

 

Make Your Car Visible

Always maximize your visibility like in the above example. To do this, check out the following tips:

  • Turn on your headlights, especially when it’s dark
  • Clean your windows, windshield, and other lights

Keep Right

Generally, the left lanes are the passing lane. If you don’t wish to overtake a slow car, then you can stay on the right. In some places, authorities can penalize you when you stay in the left lane, and you are camping out.

 

Be Alert

The last tip is to be alert always. Have a good sleep before driving and do not drink. If you are not feeling well, then just rest and do not force yourself to get on the road. Meanwhile, if you’re driving and suddenly felt sleepy, do these methods:

  • Pull over and stretch your body
  • While pulled over, shut your eyes for a while
  • Drink water to be hydrated

 

Conclusion

In sum, it is essential to be mindful of your safety when driving. A few split seconds matter on the road, and it can take your life or that of your loved ones.

If you have an urgent event to attend, see to it that you allow enough travel time so you can drive safely and slowly. Always follow the traffic laws and be an excellent example to your friends and relatives. Finally, only hit the highways when your mind and body is in its best condition.

 

No matter how you try to be safe, you can still be involved in car accidents especially when another driver is negligent. For you to determine what should be your actions whenever you’re involved with car accidents and personal injuries, you may check this website.

 

Author:

Adeline Robinson is one of most promising young law writers. She writes pieces on law topics for common readers. She is an avid sports fan and loves watching games if she has free time.

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