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There is no doubt that traveling is fun. You get to enjoy quality time with your friends or loved ones while appreciating the scenery that you pass by. Staying safe when traveling on busy highways is a must, especially if you are with children or the whole family.
Lives are at stake whenever you take the wheel. Your life as well as the lives of the people inside your car must be protected. Safety tips are important in order to ensure that you are able to arrive at your destination in one piece.
Busy Highway Statistics
Over six million car accidents occur every year. 40,000 lives are lost every year because of road accidents. Rear-end crashes and side-impact collisions are some of the most common road accidents. These accidents are often caused by:
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Driving at night
- Distracted driving
- Running red light
- Driving in the rain
Do not become just another statistic. Prevent accidents from happening if you can. Precautionary measures can be taken in order to avoid getting into an accident while traveling on busy highways.
Tips on Staying Safe When On a Busy Highway
Keeping you and your passengers safe while on a busy highway is a lot of work, but it is worth it if it could keep you away from danger.
Before the trip:
- Do an overall check on the vehicle. As a precautionary measure, it is best to check your vehicle. Be sure that the tires are not flat. Check your engine. Is there enough oil, coolant or water? Is the gas tank full? You need to ask yourself these before you go on a long trip. Inspecting your car before you use it for travel can help prevent any delays or road bumps.
- Install necessary safety equipment. Safety equipment can help keep you as well as your passengers secure while in the car. Car seats can be installed for smaller kids. Your seatbelts should be working. A dashcam is also helpful when driving on busy highways. It captures your trip and can become evidence in case an accident happens. Ensure your headlights and signal lights are working.
These precautionary measures enable you to have a worry-free drive.
During the trip:
- Pay attention to the road. Remove distractions such as your mobile phone, food, loud music or distracting conversations with your passengers. Diverting your attention from the road even for one second can be dangerous. Since you are on a busy highway, it is important to keep your eyes on the road so you can easily react when needed.
- Pull over when needed. If you feel your eyes drooping due to exhaustion, it is best to pull over. Fighting your drowsiness while you drive puts you in danger. Pull the car over to the nearest rest stop or gas station and take a rest. Do not rush your drive. You will get to your destination eventually.
- Stay within the speed limit. Most highways impose speed limits for the motorists’ protection. Avoid over speeding. Going over the speed limit does not only risk your life and your passengers’, but also puts you at risk of getting caught by highway patrol.
- Avoid aggressive drivers. You may encounter several hot headed drivers. Stay away from them and do not engage. Road rage can lead to problems and it will waste a lot of your time.
- Use signals when needed. When switching lanes, always use your signal lights. Some motorists fail to use them, which can lead to some road mishaps and car accidents.
As a driver, you have the responsibility of keeping your passengers safe. These tips are simple, but effective in staying safe when travelling.
After the trip:
- Recheck your car. Recheck all the essential parts of your car such as the tires, engine, radiator and gas tank. This way, you will know if anything needs replenishing. You can do it before you start your trip going home.
- Gas up when needed. Some motorists often forget to get gas as they head home. In order to avoid panicking as you see the “empty gas” signal light up, drop by the nearest gas station and fill up your tank.
- Apply safety measures again. Apply the safety equipment again before you head back home. Ask everyone to put on their seatbelts, whether they are sitting in front or in the back of the car. Check if all children are seated and strapped in their car seats.
On your way home, be aware of your surroundings. Avoid anything that can put you and your passengers at risk.
Taking the Wheel Comes with Great Responsibility
Being a driver is more than just traveling from one point to another. It involves a lot of responsibilities such as following the law, adhering to driving rules, thinking of the passengers’ welfare and keeping them safe.
Joanne Reed has been writing about law and business for almost a decade, and is currently writing her next big law project. She is an avid sports fan and loves watching games if she has free time.