Wednesday, February 28, 2018

5 Tips to Stay Safe on the Freeway

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Is it my imagination or have the freeways become really crowded these days? Does anyone else have any frustration with this?  Staying safe on the freeways is really hard these days.  Read on to these   5 Tips to Stay Safe on the Freeways.

#1 Pay close attention when using freeway onramps

Getting on the freeway to begin with, is a challenge.  There seem to be many more drivers as compared to even 10 years ago.  Be very cautious when preparing to board an on ramp to the freeway.  Look in your side-view mirror, and I strongly advise actually looking over your shoulder for an even better view of oncoming traffic.  There are usually wall-to-wall cars coming at you, so to stay safe on the freeway, merge carefully.  There are many cars, and sometimes motorcycles, in addition to truckers sailing down the freeway at what seems like 90 mph or more.  Many of them seem not to care as they sail by, whether or not you can successfully get on the freeway.

#2 Try to drive the posted speed limit

I know this is a hard one.  It seems if you don't join everyone else and drive 90 mph, you will most likely get run over.   Most drivers do not go the posted limit.  Instead, they fly by with many distractions at their fingertips.  Some are putting on makeup.  Others are texting, or talking on their cell phones.  I fall into that small minority of legal drivers that actually try to stay safe on the freeway, by adhering to the speed limit and unfortunately it really makes driving on the freeway a dangerous thing these days.  Seems if you don't go at least 90 mph in the fast lane you are either cursed, sworn at, flipped off or side-swiped.  Government authorities raising that speed limit only makes it worse.  It seems every time the speed limit is raised, the speeders just push it to the limit, driving even faster.

#3 Drive defensively

What I was told in my driver's training class years ago:  Drive defensively.  This is so true.  Because these days, driving on the freeway just seems to be a free-for-all with hardly anyone following the driving rules.  Just "watch out for the other guy" is my motto!  Unfortunately, this is a cross we must all bare.  All you can do to stay safe on the freeway is drive defensively.  Really watch out for yourself and your safety when you're out there on the road.  Do not assume that all drivers are going by the traffic rules because realistically that is just not true anymore.

#4 Make sure you are covered

First and foremost, please make sure you have insurance for your vehicle.  It will protect you while on the freeway, not only if someone else hits your car, but also protect you if you accidentally hit someone else.  You'd be surprised at just how many frivolous lawsuits there are out there these days.  So having insurance coverage will lessen your stress if an accident occurs.

#5 Make sure your kids are safely strapped in

Another thing to remember is keeping your kids safe when they are in the car on the freeway with you.  Follow the driving laws such as having a sturdy car seat in your vehicle.  Make sure your child is strapped in safely before leaving your driveway.  If you have a baby in tow, make sure they are strapped in their car seat, in the back seat, with car seat rear-facing.

All we can hope for is that all drivers, getting onto the freeway, will always be defensive drivers and "watch out for the other guy!"

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