Safe Highway Driving Saves Lives
Some general tips from the AAA and Anderson Behel
Traveling today’s highways can be a frustrating, confusing journey through a maze of roadblocks, detours and traffic jams. With more than 161,000 miles of paved road nationwide, negotiating the freeway system requires an alert, focused and informed driver. Although ranked among the safest roadways in America, AAA believes driving on today’s freeways requires more skill and better judgment than ever before.
At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we want you to be as safe as you possibly can on the roads of this great country. By utilizing more technology in today’s vehicles, they’re definitely safer and more and more serious accidents are avoided. With more certifications, I-CAR training and an intense focus on seamless customer service, Anderson Behel returns every one of its customers vehicles back to their pre-accident condition on each and every repair.
AAA’s main suggestions for highway safety while driving include:
• Always carefully plan your route in advance, especially if you’re driving a long distance.
• Identify correct procedures for entering and exiting a freeway; • Incorporate proper speed and lane selection;
• Identify the effects of fatigue on the driving task; and
• Prevent distractions. Depending on your location, they may be called freeways, expressways, or super-highways. No matter what you call them, the high speeds of controlled-access highways and the density of traffic traveling on them requires a special set of operating rules. Freeway driving is different from driving on a regular street or highway because freeways are designed to move a greater volume of traffic at a higher rate of speed. Being a safe driver often depends on concentrating on driving, avoiding distractions, and applying patience and common sense.
When traveling America’s freeways, some simple practices may improve your safety. For example, you should:
• Try to look ahead at least 12 seconds to make sure you are alert to changing traffic and road conditions such as roadwork, congestion, heavy traffic, slow traffic, or stop and go traffic.
• Always signal at least five seconds before changing lanes. Look carefully and check your mirrors — both inside and outside rearview mirrors. And, look over your shoulder in the direction of the lane change.
• Avoid any sudden moves. Sudden moves are usually not well planned or checked, and do not give other drivers adequate time to react.
• Help other drivers enter and exit the freeway or change lanes. Adjust your speed or move to the next lane if it is clear.
• Drive in the lane that is best suited to the traffic conditions. On a two-lane freeway, use the right lane for cruising and the left lane for passing. When there are three or more lanes, use the right lane if you are traveling at a slower speed than traffic, the left lane for passing, and the center lane for cruising.
• Do not be distracted or slow down excessively to look at incidents in or near the roadway. This adds to congestion and increases the potential for additional incidents.
• Choose a legal speed that matches the flow of traffic. Speeds that are too slow or too fast will increase the risk of incidents.