Driving on freeways can be a challenge for many new drivers. Traffic moving at 65 mph can be daunting. Not to mention, the large speeding semi-trailer trucks one has to deal with.
If you feel like you can no longer avoid driving on the freeway, here is a helpful guide.
Avoid Using Freeways During Adverse Circumstances
Under certain circumstances, it’s best to avoid driving on freeways altogether. Bad weather such as rain, fog, or snow, can impair driving ability-especially at the speed vehicles move on freeways.
In other cases, avoid driving on freeways when they are busy or congested with traffic. When the possibility of drunk drivers is high, such as on New Year’s Eve, or on weekend nights, it is better you stick to another route.
Avoid Driving on the Freeway When You’re Drowsy
You are three times more likely to be in a car crash if you are fatigued. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 100,000 police-reported crashes involve drowsy driving every year.
A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimated that 328,000 drowsy driving crashes occur annually. We needn’t make it any clearer. Avoid driving-especially on freeways-when fatigued and drowsy.
Pass on the Left of Other Vehicles
When passing other vehicles on the freeway, pass on the left. You should never pass on the right of other vehicles. Whenever changing lanes, make sure to use your turn signals to communicate with other drivers that you intend to change lanes. Use your mirrors and look over your shoulder to maneuver safely before switching lanes.
Stay in a Safe Lane
Pay attention to the speed limit, the flow of traffic, weather and road conditions on the freeway when driving.
As a rule of thumb, never drive faster or slower than the flow of traffic. The far-left lanes on freeways are used for faster traffic, and the far-right lanes are used by slower traffic. Keep this in mind and select a lane that is suited to your driving speed and stay in it.
Note that the very right lane is used for entering and exiting a freeway. The very left lane is used for passing. Know your route beforehand, and don’t stay in any of these lanes unnecessarily.
Leave Enough Room Between Your Vehicle and Other Vehicles
Always maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of yours and the ones to your left and right. Never tailgate vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions account for approximately 23 percent of all motor vehicle crashes, resulting in approximately 2,000 deaths and 950,000 injuries.
You should always leave yourself enough time to react to a traffic hazard. Providing yourself enough room will give you the time and space you need to maneuver safely.
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