Highway Driving Safety: Special Considerations for Highway DrivingUpdated Feb. 27, 2020
There are additional rules, safety tips and considerations which all drivers must keep in mind when using limited access highways. A great deal can be done to minimize the risk of being involved in a highway accident – though we cannot eliminate that risk altogether. This vital conclusion to our highway driving module reiterates the safe highway driving practices you must adhere to, discusses the importance of planning for your trip and teaches you how to handle an emergency on the highway.
Preparing for the trip
Preparing in advance of a journey is a key safety tactic often overlooked by new motorists. Student drivers focus heavily on safety measures they should employ while using the highway, paying little attention to the precautions they can take beforehand.
Planning out your journey – complete with all road and exit numbers, possible rest stops, gas stations and alternative routes – is the best way to ensure a safe and stress-free trip. Having this information on hand will allow you to focus on driving and scanning the road ahead, without worrying about missing an exit.
You can also guard against adverse weather conditions and mechanical problems by taking a little time to prepare your vehicle before a journey. This is especially important if you are planning to travel a long way. Learn everything you must know about preparing for a highway journey in this module.
Important driving practices
This section summarizes those must-know highway driving techniques and safety practices. Organized into an easy-to-follow checklist, this information can be printed off and revisited as often as needed; you may wish to read through it again before taking your car onto a freeway.
Highway hypnosis, velocitation and other prominent highway-driving threats are discussed in this module. The module also covers defensive driving – the “prevention over cure” driving method that will help you avoid potentially dangerous situations before they occur.
Avoiding highway emergencies
Every driver must know how to act during an emergency on a highway. Unfortunately, not every dangerous situation can be avoided. If an accident occurs ahead of you on a highway, your safety and the safety of those around you will depend on your ability to take calm and considered evasive action. Find out more about accident evasion in “Avoiding Highway Emergencies”.
Experiencing a mechanical failure on a highway can be terrifying. It has little to do with driving ability and can happen to any motorist, at any time. If something goes wrong with your vehicle it is important to remain calm, as panicking will only make an already dangerous situation much worse. In this module, we talk through the steps you must follow to pull over safely and seek assistance when experiencing technical problems with your car. In addition, the module covers the precautions drivers must take when encountering other disabled vehicles on the highway.
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