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How to Drive Safely on a Highway

Updated on June 27, 2013
Driving on the Highway
Driving on the Highway | Source

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
George Carlin

I had to stop driving my car for a while... the tires got dizzy.
Steven Wright

It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
E. L. Doctorow

The essence of driving

Driving is no more modern science and has become a necessity with life always on the go and things getting commercialized. Many distances need to be covered in a span of 24 hours.

Driving on the highway is a quick way to reach your designation. However, many get overwhelmed by the speed limit and avoid driving on it. They prefer to take the inner roads to reach their station.

Driving safe and quickly to your destination is crucial since it will help you achieve your goal and also keep your mental and physical body intact.

It will become easy to drive on the freeway and reach your desired place by following a few guidelines.

There are a few safety tips for drivers.

  1. Prior to driving; check the route to be taken for your destination and plan your start time. Always check the route you plan to take either via mapquest.comor yahoo maps and get a rough estimate of the time taken to travel to your choice of station.
  2. Position your GPS correctly. Place it where you can see clearly and it does not distract you while driving. Check for any exit closures and get an alternate route if needed.
  3. Keep thy self-hydrated. Driving needs attention and focus since there are many cars on the road. Keeping a bottle of water near you or in the passenger compartment will help you stay away from fatigue.
  4. Keep your cell phone away. Texting and driving are turning out to be extremely dangerous. If you have to talk to someone while driving, use a blue tooth or hands free device to talk. Keep both your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes fixated on the roads.
  5. Use defensive driving techniques while driving. Adapt to the surroundings of the road while learning to adapt to your vehicle’s brakes distance. Learn to share the road with other drivers and avoid road rage by allowing a vehicle to pass if needed while keeping the necessary distance from the other cars. Keep your calm self behind the wheels. This will allow you to reach your destination in one piece.
  6. Follow the speed limit on various highways. They tend to vary.
  7. Change lanes with caution. Use an indicator light when changing lanes. This will avoid car crashes or usage of abrupt brakes.

Winter Driving
Winter Driving | Source

Winter Driving with a slippery road or snow can be tricky. Some safety tips with regards to safe driving are:

  1. Pack a winter travel kit. This kit should consist of a blanket, ice scraper, portable weather radio, a torch, cell phone and a good book, food, and water.
  2. Be prepared to slow down when facing a snowy condition. Patience always pays up in the end.
  3. Keep a smooth operation of your car when in a slippery situation, and know how to recover from skids. Drivers should be aware of how to maneuver their car in such conditions. Read more on Skid Recovery.
  4. Keep the tires properly inflated. Cold weather tends to reduce tire pressure thus adjustments should be made accordingly. The driver should have the knowledge of applying Snow chains when the surroundings need it.
  5. Take frequent exits from your driving. Stretching and making frequent rest stops are recommended when driving during winter travel since; alertness plays a pivotal role in safe driving.
  6. If the driver gets stuck while driving. Do not panic, but instead turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way. Make sure the exhaust pipe is clear of any obstruction, which includes snow and ice so that the risk of carbon monoxide does not build up inside the vehicle. Call for help and stay in the car.

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Conclusion

Following the driving guidelines helps any driver who is either driving to work or for pleasure prepare thy self and have the knowledge to stay safe and reach one's destination.

Happy and Safe Driving!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This should be required reading of every driver. Perfect points made, Ruchira. Well done!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Useful tips and I agree with billy. A must read for every driver. #5 is a very important rule to follow when driving. voting up!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Some really great and valid tips here. Thanks seriously for writing this one and agree with Bill that all driver's should read. Have of course voted up and shared all over, too!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I need to get a GPS, I get lost going around the block. I also need to learn to put my phone away. All driving is a challenge to me, I get bored easily just sitting around. I make a better passenger because than a driver. Thanks for sharing the tips, I sure need them!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks bill, love doctor, Janine and Linda.

      I am glad that this was useful.

      Linda, I get lost without a GPS thus, the above;) good luck to you.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Excellent hub Ruchira! I am quite a nervous driver, and it was only about 3 years ago that I finally got the courage to venture by myself on the highway. I agree with all your points, although we don't have to battle with snow on the roads here luckily. I always leave a bit earlier and make sure I know the route, and take water with me as well as an old fashioned map book. Much prefer those to GPS's! :)

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Really good hub Ruchira, My children just left for a long trip and I had them pack flashlights and a road side assistance box should they break down. Something my dad always did was to place an index card in the glove box with emergency number. Thank you for all these helpful tips.

      God bless,

      Sunnie

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very good tips here Ruchira, especially for newer drivers. I could have really used this one when I first started to drive- the highway scared me! I am sharing here and on Twitter as well

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I live in the great Northeast and your tips for winter driving are important and essential. A friend and I broke down one night coming back from a ski day. We were on the top of a mountain pass, very rural. It was some time before help arrived and we were thankful for the blankets kept in the auto.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Ruchira,

      You've done an excellent job researching, writing, and formatting this Hub. Thanks for providing us with this helpful information.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Well done Ruchira! Well organized and well written!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I avoid the freeway if possible, heavy traffic makes me really nervous. You listed many good tips, packing a winter travel kit is a must here. We just had 20 inches of snow. Very useful hub. Thank you Ruchira..

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you Melanie, Sunnie, Christy. I am glad you found it useful and interesting :)

      Thank you shiningeyes. I am glad to read that you and your friend made it safe back home.

      Thank you Daisy :) Means a lot coming from you :)

      Thanks Audrey. I am happy you liked it. happy driving, my friend.

      Thanks Ruby. Yes, freeways can be a little overwhelming. Stay safe, my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      We visited up north for Christmas and were reminded of the hazards of driving in snow country. We remembered the points you have listed here and it made the trip enjoyable and safe. I like your suggestion to keep hydrated -- this is really a key point many omit. Voted up and across.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruchira....Thank you so much for this wonderful and "necessary" info. I am very strict with myself in terms of safe driving and keeping my car maintained at all times. A lot of my time on the road, I have incredibly "precious cargo." I notice myself being extremely alert and vigilant at all times, when my grandchildren are in the car.

      Great hub, Ruchira!...UP+++

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      I have a GPS and will be totally lost without it. You have highlighted, very important points to drive safe. Great hub.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks once again Ruch for Usefulness in your hubs.. :)

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Dianna. Yes, hydration helps in keeping us alert. I am glad you liked what I wrote :)

      thanks Paula. Oh! yes the precious cargo is beyond anything in this world. Good Luck :)

      thanks Nithya. I am the same. Rely a lot on GPS. My sense of directions stinks, my friend :)

      Thanks Frank. Always a pleasure :)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent tips, Ruchira. We keep a winter kit and an emergency kit in the back at all times...one never knows. Simple necessities like water...one can't be too cautious.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Cellphones are major causes of accidents on highways! Even with wireless headsets, people will get distracted by conversations and get into trouble. Thanks for sharing! Up and passing it on, Ruchira.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great tips! Winter is my least favorite time of the year to drive but I do keep an emergency kit always in the vehicle. I've never used a GPS. I probably should as I've been known to get lost for hours :) With my iPhone though I can always pull over and use it for directions now.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Some very useful tips here Ruchira. With increasing incidences of road rage it is necessary to keep our cool at all times.

      voted up, useful and shared.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      Good tips. I recently bought a GPS and I love it. It helps to drive with more confidence. Voted up.

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Good hub with very useful tips.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I was just using my winter driving skills last night. When temperatures get into the teens and single digits, the salt no longer works to melt the snow. You then have to rely solely on your winter driving skills.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks Genna. Yes basic necessities do matter esp in times of distress.

      Thanks Susan. I am bad at it too. Gotta have some one to direct me...lol

      thanks Michelle. yes, talking/texting while driving is BAD and we gotta curb that.

      Thanks Rajan. yes, keeping cool is very important.

      Thanks Angi. I love my GPS too :)

      Thanks Dilip. Appreciate you stoppingby

      Thanks Lipnancy. winter driving is really tough esp with precious cargo. Good luck :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most helpful tips here on how to drive safely on the highway, drivers should carefully consider these points.

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      Lori J Latimer 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Wow. What an interesting Hub. I wrote one very similar to this one in December 2012. I noticed you made two visits to my unique Hub and did not leave a comment. Thanks at least for the visits.

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