If you drive for a living, you expect to spend a good amount of time on the highway. While this may be the quickest way from point A to point B, it goes without saying that highway driving is full of many challenges and dangers.
There are certain things you can do when driving on the highway to enhance your safety. Here are six tips you can’t afford to forget:
- Merge with care: As you merge into fast moving traffic, it’s important to do so at the proper speed. Your goal is to safely enter the flow of traffic, doing whatever it takes to avoid a disruption.
- Watch your blind spots: With so many cars on the highway, double check your blind spots before changing lanes. Also, do your best to avoid driving in another person’s blind spot.
- Pass with safety in mind: If you’re going to pass a vehicle, do so at the appropriate speed in the left lane. You should never pass a vehicle in the right lane, as it increases the risk of an accident.
- Watch for stopped vehicles: It’s not just moving vehicles you need to worry about. If someone pulls to the side of the road, such as to fix a flat tire, you need to take extra caution. The best thing you can do is move out of the lane that is closest to their vehicle.
- Don’t back up: There is never a good time to back up on the highway. Even if you miss your exit, you should never put your vehicle in reverse.
- Forgetting to change your driving style in construction zones: If you drive enough on the highway you’re sure to come across a few construction zones, many of which are active. You need to slow down and watch for workers.
If you drive for a living, these tips will keep you safe as you make your way down the highway.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that another driver won’t make a mistake that causes a motor vehicle accident.
If you’re injured while driving for work, receive medical treatment and report the details of the incident to your employer. You may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits if you’re unable to return to work in the immediate future.