With many of us enjoying the summer months by taking a trip out to the coast or perhaps a much-needed vacation to reset and refresh as we pass into the second half of the year. Unless flying, travel often means hours spent on the highway system, which can mean high-speed driving and unfamiliar roadways. Before you hit the road, review these highway safety tips to follow all summer long (and beyond).
Highways Safety Tips and Laws
- Speed Limits: Though you may be able to cruise at far higher speeds than local roads, highways still have posted speed limits that you should abide. While in the flow of traffic or driving down an empty highway it is easy to lose track of how fast you are going, so try to keep an eye on both the limit and your traveling speed. Remember, speed limits are posted for your safety. An unexpected stop, roadway obstruction or construction could spell doom if you are not respecting the dangers of higher-speed highway driving.
- Roadway Construction: Always keep your eyes open for roadway construction, slowing down looking for possible traffic flow changes as you approach the work. Though construction sites should be clearly marked and visible, variables such as poor weather or sun glare may make them difficult to spot, so always be vigilant.
- Safe Driving: Though safe driving is always important, when driving for long stretches at higher speeds than local roads allow, you should be all the more careful. Always use your turn signals before changing lanes, never tailgate and remember that the farthest left lane is the passing lane. If a faster-moving vehicle approaches you while in the left lane, Florida law requires you to allow them to pass.
- Semi-Truck Safety: When traveling on most highways, it is common to share the road with 18-wheeler trucks carrying large loads. Give these vehicles more space than necessary, as their large size makes them slower to stop and more difficult to maneuver around danger. These trucks are also notorious for their large blind spots, which you should do your best to avoid.
- Drowsy Driving: Though you may be relatively safe driving a couple hours to the beach or making your daily commute, long-distance driving can lead to something the National Sleep Foundation claims is similar in effect to drunk driving: drowsy driving. Even being awake for 18 hours straight can lower your reaction time, so plan your longer trips with multiple drivers or overnight stays in mind.
When you combine these highway safety tips to common sense practices, such as never driving under the influence, avoiding distracted driving and always wearing seat belts, you can make your next beach or road trip far safer. Follow speed limits, slow down for roadway construction, practice safe driving habits, use caution around semis, and do not drive drowsy. Though you may want to spend less time on the road and more time having fun, getting there safe and sound should take priority.
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