In a previous article, I specifically focused on driving when you are around trucks. There is really a lot to be concerned about when driving on the road with trucks, especially when on the highway. However, that’s not the only thing to watch out for. In this article, we will review some ideas and tips from my 37 years of driving experience.
Stay in the Right Lane
This may seem incredibly obvious, but try to stay in the far right lane whenever possible. Yes, it is slow, and yes, mostly old people and trucks are in the right lane, but this is the proper lane to be in. In the United States, the left lane is “supposed” to be used only for passing other vehicles. This is, of course, rarely the case. But some states are now enforcing this as law and will pull you over if you are constantly in the left lane and not passing other vehicles.
Also, it is common courtesy to stay to the right and left faster traffic pass you. It’s also safer. If you are in the left lane and another vehicle comes speeding up from behind, they may be more reckless. Let the police pull them over.
Go with the Flow of Traffic
Although I cannot condone speeding, it is always best to keep up with traffic and go with the flow. For one thing, it will make traffic better for all involved. Generally, if all vehicles are going the same speed, a police officer is less likely to pull you over. However, I’ve been told by police officers that they WILL pick the last vehicle in the group to pull over if everyone is speeding. So, just be careful and pay attention.
Look FAR Ahead
One thing that I learned in driver’s education class (and remember) is to look far ahead. Always be looking as far down the road as you can. That way, you will be ready to slow down if you see traffic coming to a standstill, or if you see an accident up ahead. This cannot be overstated. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve avoided disaster by keeping my eye on the traffic far ahead of me.
Keep a good amount of distance between you and the cars in front (and around) you. I used to tailgate all the time. That was dumb. By giving yourself enough distance, you can tremendously reduce your chance of being in an accident. It simply gives you more time to react and maneuver when you have more space.
Along the same lines, always be aware of your position and surroundings. Knowing where your car is in relation to other cars is vital. If the person in front of you suddenly stops and you have to swerve to the right, is there someone to the right of you? If you keep track of what cars are around you, you will know if you can take evasive maneuvers.
These may seem like simple ideas or common knowledge. But as I say, common sense is uncommon. If you follow these suggestions, you will likely protect yourself and your loved ones. Be careful out there!