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Some of us have been at it longer than others, but unless you have a chauffeur to drive you from Point A to Point B, at some time in your driving experience, you’ll have to drive on the freeway or highway. Even if you have been at it for a long time… even decades upon decades… you need to make sure that safety is your #1 concern, especially on roads that are known to have some crazy drivers!
Here are some tips to ensure your safety as well as your passengers’ safety as you travel down the freeway, highway, and Interstate:
Tip #1: Keep your eyes on the road. Seriously. Distracted driving is impaired driving. Resist the urge to look at your cell phone. Glancing down at your phone for even a split second can have tragic consequences.
Tip #2: Check your tires before heading down the freeway. Make sure they are properly inflated, and while you’re at it, check to make sure that your spare tire is in proper working order.
Tip #3: When you enter the freeway, make sure you adjust to the speed of the rest of the drivers already on the freeway. They may not be going the speed limit.
Tip #4: Make sure you travel at a speed where you’re at least two car lengths away from the car in front of you. Newer model cars actually have a sensor that will adjust your cruise control to reflect the distance.
Tip #5: Make sure you check for blind spots before changing lanes and make sure that you use your turn signal. Don’t assume that everyone knows what you’re about to do. Be clear about your intentions. And yes, when it comes to your side view mirrors, objects are closer than they appear.