Highways can efficiently get you from point A to point B, but they can prove extremely nerve-wracking in times of heavy traffic. Back roads, although less intimidating, are far from perfect. Not only can they become just as congested, but frequent stops at lights and signs also harm gas mileage and cause significant wear and tear. The following suggestions may make highway driving more manageable:
Watch the Speed
Posted speed limits vary dramatically from one area to the next. Depending on the location, you could be legally permitted to travel 80 miles per hour or restricted to just 40 miles per hour. Many highways also mandate restrictions on low speeds, requiring drivers to reach a minimum threshold to maintain the flow of traffic.
The posted limit provides an excellent indication of preferred speeds, but it shouldn’t always be taken at face value. Select circumstances—such as ice or snow—may call for far slower driving.
Keep to the Right
In many regions, the left lane is reserved for passing. Even when left lane usage isn’t heavily regulated, it’s best to stick to the right and center lanes for the majority of your highway excursion.
Something about the highway environment incites road rage even among the most responsible drivers. Anger is understandable when you’re cut off or treated to offensive hand gestures, but it behooves you to keep those intense emotions in check, as road rage can prompt both distraction and reckless behavior. If you get especially angry, consider taking the nearest exit and waiting until you’ve calmed down.
You make every effort to drive safely on the highway and in other locations. Unfortunately, not all drivers do the same. If you believe that highway-based negligence is responsible for your current suffering, you owe it to yourself to seek support from the attorneys of Regan Zambri Long PLLC. Reach out today to learn more about our approach to personal injury law.