You just got your license a few weeks back, and although you know how to drive a car, to park and what are warning signs for, you’re still not confident with how you drive, especially on busy highways. You feel like there’s still too much to learn and too many risks involved. It doesn’t help that you’re travelling next month to another state with your car, and you’re driving alone.
Your safety should be your primary concern whenever you’re behind the wheel, and since you still don’t see yourself as an adept driver, the things presented in this article might be helpful for you. It’ll give you key tips on staying safe when traveling on busy highways:
1. Don’t exceed the speed limit: Speed limits are there with a purpose, and as a driver, you should be responsible enough to follow all of these. Yes, these can be a hassle at times (especially if you would want to get ahead of everyone on a busy highway) but these signs are there for many reasons – and most of the time, it’s for your safety.
- Going beyond the speed limit is illegal. Aside from that, it raises the risk of being involved in an accident. You might save time when you’re driving 75 mph on a road with a 55 mph speed limit, but you’re putting your life and safety on the line.
- The faster your car is moving, the longer it takes for your car to stop after apply its brakes fully.
- It’ll also reduce the time you have whenever you’re faced with unexpected situations while on the road. You have limited time to react when a pedestrian is crossing the road out of nowhere or when a car is taking over your lane from another direction. Many times, this results in fatal accidents.
2. Pay attention to the road: No matter how many times you’ve been on a certain road, you can never expect what will happen next. The road might be empty one day but filled with different vehicles on the next. As a driver, you should be prepared for all of that.
- It’s essential to focus whenever you’re driving. Your eyes, ears, and mind shouldn’t be elsewhere, but should be concentrated on the road when you’re behind the wheel.
- Don’t expect that other drivers on the road will be careful. You should make sure that you’re cautious on your own, and be independent on how you ensure your safety.
- Try to anticipate what could happen when you’re on the road. Don’t expect that everything you’re seeing on the road right now will be the same in the next hour. Anything can happen on the road, and you should be ready.
3. Don’t forget to wear your seatbelt: Although it can be “uncool” and insignificant, but wearing your seatbelt can actually save your life. Yes, putting it on, and removing it repeatedly, especially if you have a lot of stopovers, can be taxing but you should think of the benefits it can give you.
- The force and the sudden impact in a collision during an accident can fatally injure you, especially when your heart and lungs are hit against the dashboard or steering wheel. Wearing your seatbelt all the time can prevent you from being involved in situations like this.
- Seatbelts can also help cut down movement when you’re driving on bumpy roads. You won’t be shaking as much when you’re wearing your seatbelt.
- There has been a lot of cases of how drivers were safe in an accident because of their seatbelts. You should be one of them.
4. Don’t drive when you’re sleepy or unwell: Your eyes and ears are a requirement while you’re on the road, but so is your mind. You should be alert all the time so you can quickly act on the things you see on the road. You can’t possibly step on the brakes the moment you see a crossing pedestrian if you’re sleepy, right?
- Don’t force yourself to drive when you’re sleepy or unwell. If you’re on an hour-long trip, opt to stop and rest first. Get some shut-eye and recharge. Don’t risk your life just to arrive at a destination. Your life should always be your priority above all else.
- If you’re on a busy highway and you can’t predict what other drivers will do next, you have to have a clear mind to make quick decisions – and you can’t do that when you’re too groggy or tired.
- The same goes when you’re drunk. Alcohol in your system can be very harmful to your health and can jeopardize your safety. If you had a few drinks and decided to go home afterward, have a friend or taxi take you home. Don’t take the risk of driving on your own.
When you’re on the road, it’s normal to feel scared and nervous when you just got your license. But you don’t have to always feel that way. Once you’ve taken the time to practice and take precautions while you’re on the road, you’ll be confident to drive whenever, wherever. With the advice from you learned from the person who taught you how to drive and the things presented in this article, you’re a step closer in becoming a careful driver even when you’re traveling on busy highways!
However, you can still be involved in car accidents especially when other drivers are negligent with their actions on the road. To have a clear idea on what you should do when you’re a victim of an accident, and have even incurred personal injuries because of what happened, you may check this website.
Sharon Golden has been a law writer and businesswoman for more than 20 years, and she is currently working on his next big project. Her pieces offer knowledge on various law topics that are easily understandable to the common reader. Sharon cannot be separated from Sophia, their family dog. When Sharon has the time, she’s always seen walking Sophia around the city.