The tunnel is a masterpiece of transportation engineering. Being able to travel under massive amounts of both earth and/or water is simply awe inspiring, however they can be quite daunting to drive through. A contained space with no way out, other than through, is a recipe for a little anxiety. That anxiety can increase when the thought of a breakdown comes to mind as well.
How to drive safely through tunnels
- Maintain lane position - The lanes may appear smaller, but they are the same size as a standard road
- Turn on your headlights and remove sunglasses - Seeing and being seen are both incredibly important
- Make sure your vehicle is fueled up and is in working condition - A vehicle malfunction can create a hazardous traffic back-up
- Maintain a safe following distance
- Be sure all loads are secured properly
- Pay attention to all road signs and traffic signals
What to do if your vehicle breaks down in a tunnel
- Remain calm
- Turn on hazard lights
- Turn off engine
- Use your cell phone, or locate the nearest emergency phone, and call for help
- Wait for assistance in a safe location or in a safe location cannot be found
Driving through a tunnel can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with these tips you can drive through tunnels safely and know the basic steps to follow if a breakdown occurs.