Driving on freeways is fairly different as it requires more caution from the driver as compared to driving on the city roads. It adds an extra bit of responsibility on the driver’s shoulders when he is travelling on high-speed roads where the average speed of a car is around 90 Km/hr. He needs to keep in mind few driving rules and safety tips while riding his vehicle on expressways else, it could cost him or the passengers travelling along with him serious injuries. Not only serious wounds, but, there can be a danger of losing one’s life if proper preventive measures aren’t taken. Let’s have a look at some of the safety rules and tips for safe driving on highways below:
Proper Inspection of Your Car
Before you decide to hit the highways, make sure that your vehicle is in good condition and all the parts are working fine. You need to take care of each and every part of it, to be in the right condition, headlamps, brakes, side indicators, rear side mirror, rear-view mirror, wipers, horn, tires everything should be perfect. You also need to get your car serviced at an authorized service centre, keeping a week’s time in between your out-station trip and service so that if anything more needs to be done, you can approach your dealer thereafter.
Driving In Proper Lanes
As said earlier, highway driving is much different as compared to driving in a city. You need to make sure that you drive in proper lanes on the freeways without any hustle and speeding your car too much. Driving in your own lanes can help smooth traffic on highways. There can be situations where long and unmoved jams come into the picture just because of breaking lanes. Extreme left lane is assigned to heavy vehicles while the middle one is for express vehicles or light vehicles that travel with a constant high-speed. You can get into the extreme left lane in case of a breakdown else avoid it. The right lane is used for overtaking purpose. So in short, try to avoid lane, breaking and drive in the proper lanes.
Generally the average the speed of cars on the highways is 80-100 Km/hr which is much higher as compared to city roads, so you need to take more care. Also, braking system works a little slow and needs an extra bit of time to completely stop the vehicle. Travelling at such a high-speed, you need to maintain proper distance between your car and the one travelling in front of you. It’s always nice if you drive in limits and not speed up or try to race on public highways.
Always Overtake From Right Side
Most of the accidents occurring on highways are due to wrong overtaking, trying to go quickly. But, going quick and at a brisk pace on highways can be dangerous and not advisable at any cost. Indicate properly while overtaking and switch to your lane as quickly as possible.
Avoid Driving If You Are Tired
If you are feeling tired and not feeling 100 percent fit, then it is advisable that you drop the idea of driving on highways because researches say that fatigue is the major cause of accidents on expressways. Try to get enough sleep before you hit the high-speed roads and drive at the times of the day when you are completely awake. Avoid driving at night. Always be attentive while driving and talk to the person sitting along your side, if possible.
Breakdown Condition Tips
If on any day your car breaks down on the highways, then take all the necessary actions to avoid any kind of hustle on the road. Try to shift to the extreme left lane at the breakdown zone and switch the parking lights ON. If your car breakdowns in the middle of the road, then immediately switch the indications on and put the emergency triangle at least 100m before your car so that people can easily identify a breakdown and act accordingly.