Driving on the highway can often be a nerve-wracking experience, especially in heavy traffic, adverse weather conditions, or if you’re not accustomed to long-distance journeys.
Here are some valuable tips for drivers to help ensure your safety during extended highway drives.
How to Stay Safe on the Highway
1. Pay Attention
Maintain unwavering focus on the road. On the highway, traffic moves swiftly, so it’s crucial to read the road ahead and anticipate potential scenarios.
Regularly check your mirrors and avoid distractions like texting or adjusting music while driving.
2. Take Breaks
Driving when fatigued or hungry is hazardous. Make sure to schedule regular breaks, ideally every two hours, on long journeys. Rest and refuel to stay alert.
3. Obey Speed Limits
Always adhere to posted speed limits and adjust your speed according to road conditions. Slow down in wet weather, low visibility, or heavy traffic.
4. Stay Calm
Avoid taking traffic incidents personally. If another driver makes a mistake or cuts you off, let it go. Maintaining a calm demeanor prevents road rage incidents.
5. Keep Right
Stick to the left lane unless overtaking. Highways are designed for passing; after overtaking, return to the left lane when it’s safe.
6. Signal Clearly
Use your turn signals when merging or changing lanes, even if your intentions seem obvious. Signaling communicates your actions to other drivers.
7. Respect Road Signs
Familiarize yourself with road signs and follow their guidance. They exist to ensure safety and alert you to potential hazards.
8. Avoid Tailgating
Maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front, especially in adverse driving conditions. Tailgating is not only risky but can also intimidate other drivers.
9. Vehicle Preparation
Before embarking on a long highway journey, ensure your vehicle is in top condition. Verify that your tires are legal and properly inflated.
Your tires are your vehicle’s sole contact with the road surface. If you have any doubts about your vehicle’s readiness for the highway, visit your nearest Tayaria center to consult with our qualified tire technicians.
10. Breakdown Protocol
In case of a breakdown on the highway, try to exit at the nearest junction or service area if possible. If that’s not feasible, move onto the hard shoulder or the closest emergency area.
Avoid attempting vehicle repairs yourself, as it can be risky. Evacuate the vehicle, including all passengers, through the passenger door, and move away from the roadside before contacting emergency services.
Remember, if you encounter any vehicle issues or breakdowns, use our dealer locator tool on our website to find and contact your nearest Tayaria shop.
We are here to assist you in getting back on the road safely and swiftly. Your safety is our top priority.