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How do you protect yourself when driving on the highway?

Even if you spend most your time driving in the city and/or on back roads, there will be times when you need to hit the highway.

With vehicles moving at a fast rate of speed, it's imperative that you do whatever it takes to protect yourself. Here are several tips that can work in your favor when driving on the highway:

  • Keep your distance from other vehicles: You don't have control over other drivers, such as truckers, but you never have to get too close to the vehicle in front of yours.
  • Maintain a safe speed: It's easy to speed on the highway, especially if there aren't a lot of people on the road. However, the faster you travel, the greater chance there is of a crash.
  • Use the right lane: You should drive in the right lane, unless you need to pass a slower-moving vehicle. Getting into this habit will go a long way in boosting your overall level of safety.
  • Don't become distracted: It only takes one distraction to cause a highway accident. So, put down the cellphone, keep your hands off the radio dial and focus on the road ahead.

When you do these things, you'll feel better about your ability to remain safe when driving on the highway.

If you're part of a highway motor vehicle accident, you should attempt to move to safety. You should also call 911, as you want as much help to arrive as possible. After things settle down, you can learn more about your insurance policy and legal rights for holding the negligent party responsible.

Source: MOTOsafety, "Highway Driving: 4 Tips to Keep Yourself Safe," accessed April 03, 2018

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