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Safe Highway Driving

12 Jun Blog | Comments

Safe-Highway-Driving

Driving is a series of complex steps that must be followed in order to remain safe while driving. That is why we take driver’s education and have to practice for hours and hours before we are even allowed to take the driving and written exams. Even after taking and passing both tests a new driver cannot drive by themselves, or with too many passengers until they turn 18 years old. Driving in the city is usually most comfortable for new drivers. Highway driving tends to make new drivers nervous. Below are some tips for safe highway driving.

Safe Highway Driving Tips

Increase Speed

When entering the highway it is imperative that you increase your speed. Most city roads have a speed limit of 25 mph or 35 mph. The highway is going to be at least 60 mph. As you drive down the ramp to enter the highway you will be going approximately 35 mph. In order to safely keep up with traffic, you must be going 55-60 mph.

Yield, but Merge

When entering a highway you must yield to the traffic that is already flowing on the highway. Along with yielding you must also look for a safe opening in order to merge with the traffic that is already on the highway.

Blind Spot

All cars have blind spots, so no matter where you are driving before you move lanes you need to check your blind spot. Checking your blind spot is especially important when getting on the highway. You are driving 50-60 mph by the time you enter the highway and the vehicles on the highway are already going 60-70 mph. If you do not check your blind spot you could end up causing a very bad accident.

Distance

In the city, it is hard to give the cars around you a lot of distance. The traffic is more compact. It is also not as essential that you put as much distance between you and the vehicle in front of you because you are not traveling as fast. On the highway, it is important to put several car lengths between you. In the event you need to stop the more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you the better the chances you will be able to avoid running into the vehicle.

Safe highway driving includes, but is not limited to, increasing your speed as you enter the highway, yield as you enter, but merge as soon as it is safe, check your blind spot as you enter the highway and any time you need to move lanes and be sure to put a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Driving is not an easy skill set to learn. It requires you to focus and to follow the rules of the road. Safe highway driving is all about being aware of what is going on around you at all times, so you can react quickly. Being safe on the highway helps you and the vehicles around you get home and/or to your destination safely and that is the main goal.

 

 

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