How To Avoid Accidents On The Highway

In the United States alone there are over 7.3 million motor vehicle accidents each year. That’s nearly 20,000 accidents every single day. Think about that? That is a staggering amount of motor vehicle accidents. 

So, how can we avoid becoming one of those statistics? Well, by exercising defensive driving techniques. Let’s take a look at a few ways to avoid getting into a motor vehicle accident. 

 

Always avoid splitting vehicles on the highway:

What this means is, if there are two vehicles traveling on the highway at the same speed, both in separate lanes, leaving an open lane in the middle of them, don’t pass them in the middle. This is extremely unsafe. If one of those vehicles decides to merge into your lane, you will have nowhere to turn as you are surrounded by vehicles. This type of driving situation causes a slew of accidents each and every day. 

 

Steer clear of a vehicle that is all over the road:

If you encounter a driver that is swaying back and forth on the roadway, steer clear. This typically means that the driver is either impaired or simply not paying attention. They could be on the phone, talking to passengers or texting on their phone. Trying to pass a vehicle that is all over the road can be dangerous as their driving actions are extremely unpredictable. 

 

Be safe when passing ‘big rigs’ on the road:

Sharing the road with big trucks can be intimidating and if proper driving techniques are not followed – it can be dangerous. 

Big trucks have huge blind spots. You never want to follow a big rig too closely. If you are following a big truck and you can’t see their side mirrors, that means they can’t see you. 

When passing a big rig, always pretend that they don’t see you. This way you are able to move over in the passing lane with caution and you are alert and aware while speeding up and passing the big truck. 

 

Never follow too closely:

Following a vehicle too closely is never a good idea, especially on the highway. When you follow a vehicle on the highway less than a couple car lengths away, you are putting yourself at serious risk. If the vehicle in front of you were to slam on their brakes, you would not be able to stop in time due to the high rate of speed that you travel on the highway. An accident would ensue and the driver who slammed in the back of the vehicle in front would be at fault. 

As a driver you should always be in control of your vehicle, so if you are unable to stop in time because you are following a vehicle too closely, you would be at fault for not properly being in control of your vehicle.