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Highway Driving

Why Highway Driving Practice is Important

Highway Driving Practice
A lot of people are scared of driving on highways, especially those who are new to the process and who have little experience. In most cases, these people are learners; those who have recently passed their test, and those who have lost their confidence due to an accident. Some people will even go as far as to completely avoid driving down highways altogether.


A lot of people are scared of driving on highways, especially those who are new to the process and who have little experience. In most cases, these people are learners; those who have recently passed their test, and those who have lost their confidence due to an accident. Some people will even go as far as to completely avoid driving down highways altogether.

Practicing highway driving is very important in order to remain safe on the roads. Driving can be very unpredictable and people never know when they will have to make changes to their routine. For example, if there's been an accident then people may be forced off their usually route and have to take a highway. This can be very dangerous for those who have failed to get an adequate amount of practice. People who are afraid of highways will also lack the most important element of safe driving ��� and that's confidence.

Building Good Driving Habits

One of the most important elements of practicing highway driving is to build up good driving habits. Most experienced drivers don't need to think consciously about what they are doing and will instinctively act on impulse. One of the most important habits to get into is to become aware of other drivers. For this reason, it's important to regularly check the rearview mirror. Some driving instructors recommend checking the mirrors every twelve seconds. This is a very important habit to get into. Drivers should always be aware of their surroundings and exactly where other cars are on the road.

Changing Lanes

One of the most difficult elements of driving on a highway is changing lanes. The most important step of changing lanes is the head check. This means that drivers should never solely rely on mirrors in order to see if it's clear to move into another lane. The first step is to alert other drivers by using the indicators; then the head check should be performed in order to check the blind spot; and finally, if the lane is clear the driver should move into place. This may seem tedious, but it's a driving habit that becomes second nature with practice.

Exiting a Highway

Exiting a highway can be very confusing. It's very important that drivers take all of the necessary precautions prior to taking an exit to ensure that other cars are aware of their intentions. Failing to take certain steps could increase the risk of causing an accident. The driver should always count the exits so they will know when they need to turn off. Indicators should be turned on to inform other drivers well in advance of taking any exit.

Staying Safe

Contrary to popular belief driving on a highway is actually much safer than on surface streets. On a highway people will be driving at a constant speed, and generally staying in one single lane. On surface roads there will be more turns, crossings and traffic collisions. In fact, 86% of accidents happen off the highways. Those who are initially getting used to driving on a highway should remain at a slow but safe speed, and should make sure that they are free from distractions (music, conversations with passengers) in order to become more aware of what's going on around them.

Aiding Convenience

The best element of driving on a highway is the convenience that they can add to a journey. Highway driving is a lot faster paced than inner city driving, and can often lead people to reach their destination much quicker. This is because most inner city roads and surface roads will have much more congestion and will be more difficult in terms of navigation.

Practicing on the Highway

The best way to remain safe on a highway is to practice over and over again. People who have doubts about highway driving should try to practice with an experienced driver so they can feel more confident. Only when they are confident that they will be able to drive safely should they take the highway alone. Even then it's recommended that they ease themselves into it with baby steps, such as taking the highway for only certain parts of a journey.

6 High Way Driving Tips for New Drivers

Freeway in Portland, OR
Highways have been a vital component to many people's daily commute to work for countless decades. The rules of a highway vary from state to state, but here are some tips that will universally benefit drivers all around the globe, making sure that you arrive at your destination alive.

1. Pay Careful Attention to the Speed Limit

Ever drive down the highway, only to see a vehicle that is moving at a ridiculously slow speed such as 40mph? What they are doing is illegal on many highways, as there is usually a minimum speed of 45mph required on such highways. Driving too slowly poses a hazard not only to you, but also to everyone else using that highway. Plus, it's annoying to everyone, and you could be ticketed for it. On the other hand, the speed limit on most highways is 70mph during the day, and 65mph during the night. Once again, the speed limit varies from highway to highway, as there are some that don't get very much traffic at all, and therefore the limit is slightly increased for these places.


2. Stay in the Right Lane

Keep a close eye on any signs that may read "Left Lane for Passing Only", as these are especially common in states such as Texas. Contrary to popular belief, not all highways dedicate the left lane as the "fast" lane, as there are some highways that dedicate these left lanes strictly as passing lanes. It is acceptable to use these left lanes for passing, but not to use them continuously for cruising. Move off to a lane on the right immediately after you are finished passing a car. Such passing lanes are also more common on larger, multi-lane highways. Failure to abide by this rule can result in a fine as high as $200 in the state of Texas.

3. Stay Alert for Trucks on the Highway

Trucks can sometimes weigh up to 40 tons, and require up to 100 yards to come to a complete stop. One good piece of advice is to keep a safe distance behind trucks by watching when the truck in front of you passes a fixed object, then, seeing if it takes you at least two seconds to pass that same object. If it takes less than two seconds for you to pass that same object, you are driving too closely to that truck. Also, don't try to nudge your way between a truck and the curb, as it is a horrendously bad idea. Trucks make wide right turns, having several blind spots up to 200 feet behind their trailer, or up to 20 feet in front of the tractor. In other words, they may not see you. A good rule of thumb is that if you can't see the driver's windows or the actual truck driver, then they cannot see you. Lastly, never pass a truck from behind when it is in reverse.

4. Moving Over for Emergency Vehicles

Many people naturally move an extra lane away from a stopped emergency vehicle that has bright red flashing lights. This is a correct maneuver, as the law requires you to do this. However, did you know that it is usually also required that you go 20mph below the posted speed limit as you do so? In states such as Texas, you could receive a fine of $200 for not following these two rules.

Tips for Road Trips and Longer Drives

5. Taking a Break

Being drowsy can be downright deadly when driving on a highway, or anywhere for that matter. Driver fatigue is an obvious indication that you are not alert enough to drive safely. If you suddenly find yourself yawning incessantly, drifting unintentionally from lane to lane, or find your eyelids closing intermittently due to tiredness, then pull over to a safe place, and stretch your legs. Rest for 15-20 minutes, and repeat this every two hours or so, or better yet, just take a short nap in a safe place, if possible. The best way to combat driver fatigue is to simply prevent it beforehand by preparing yourself. Get plenty of rest before a long drive, and avoid any drinking from midnight to 6 o'clock. Even tiny amounts of alcohol are enough to influence your reaction time when driving.

6. Rest Areas Are Your Friend

Large rest areas are places where you can park your car in a safe environment, and they almost always have law enforcement present. Use these places to your advantage as a place of rest, using the bathroom, checking out road conditions, or learning about local points of interest.

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