There were 34,439 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2016, where 37,461 people were killed, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. People on the highways are traveling at high speeds every day, so it’s important to make safety a priority.
When you drive on the interstate, keep these highway driving safety tips in mind:
Watch your speed
There are set speed limits for every road and highway. If you are going above the set speed limit, you’re risking your own life as well as others on the road by going too fast. That’s why pull over speeding drivers – it’s dangerous. Factors like ice, rain and snow should also be considered when following the speed limit. There will be instances when you should go below the set speed limit because the road conditions are unsafe.
Maintain a safe following distance
Nobody likes to be tailgated. Don’t follow a vehicle too closely. If the vehicle in front of you makes a sudden stop or hits their brakes, there could be dangerous consequences. If you’re driving in inclement weather, like rain or snow, take extra precautions and leave some more cushion room to compensate for possible the slick roads.
Stay to the right
The left lane is called “the fast lane” for a reason. You should only use the left lane if you need to pass another car, otherwise stay to the right in case other cars need to pass you – it’s a common courtesy.
Stay alert and well-rested
Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions, such as using cell phones and fiddling with the radio or GPS. Make frequent stops during long trips. If you’re too tired to drive, get some rest to avoid falling asleep at the wheel.