Going on a road trip is a great way to explore the country and bond with friends or family. If you’ve never driven on a road trip, you need to be prepared for the long stretches of highway. Even if you’re a skilled driver on city streets, things can become a bit more complicated while out on the open road.
Avoid Blind Spots
There are going to be large trucks all around you on the highway. As a fellow motorist, you need to be considerate and allow them to move comfortably. Being in a truck’s blind spot is particularly dangerous because they could try to change lanes without realizing you’re there. While their mirrors are large, so are their blind spots. You need to be able to see their mirrors and avoid driving consistently to the side of trucks or tailgating. Be alert for when a truck begins changing lanes. If they start move into your lane without enough room, you need to sound your horn. Remember that though the blind spot isn’t as large, your vehicle has one as well. The best way to keep our highways safe is to look out for others and for ourselves.
Avoid Being Drowsy
Everyone knows how dangerous it is to drive when intoxicated, but it’s just as dangerous to drive while excessively tired. Drowsy driving is a common reasons for truck collisions. When someone is exhausted, he or she has trouble focusing. This is when it’s possible to make fatal errors. Sometimes it can be difficult to gauge how tired you are. If you feel yourself starting to get drowsy, it’s time to stop driving for the time being. Get plenty of rest the night before a road trip so that you’re properly energized. Avoid taking medications that can cause drowsiness.
You want to have as much daylight at your disposal as possible. Leaving early means that you’ll have better driving conditions. Depending on the length of your trip, you might have to stop at a motel for the night. Be sure to check the forecast and plan accordingly. If rain is expected, you need to make sure that your windshield wipers are in good condition. Take your vehicle in for a car wash to help give you the best possible visibility. Your headlights should also be inspected to guarantee that they’ll be able to guide you through any nighttime driving.
Share the Driving
If you’re going on a particularly long trip with others, shared driving arrangements should be part of the plan. There ought to be at least one other licensed driver in the car who’s able to trade shifts with you. Make sure that he or she is capable of handling your car for long distances. If it’s late and there are no drivers who are alert enough to take the wheel, you need to pull over and rest for the evening. While it’s nice to reach your destination by a certain time, safety is much more important.
While on the highway during a road trip, you shouldn’t feel as though you have anything to prove except that you’re a careful and attentive motorist. The best driving strategy is one of defensive alertness. By following these tips, you can have the best possible travel experience and arrive safe and sound.
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