There are different rules for driving on surface streets and driving on the highway. Ever since the interstate system was put in place in the middle of the last century, highways have seen their fair share of deaths.
It may seem counterintuitive that highways would be a dangerous place to drive. There are miles of long, straight stretches of unbroken road. These stretches are broken only by the occasional turn-off for a town or a local road. It is precisely this monotony that makes highway driving dangerous. Without the constant stopping and starting of city or suburban driving, highway drivers may lose focus and, even worse, doze off. Facing drivers who are not paying attention is a harrowing prospect.
Always obey posted speed limits and other traffic warnings. These speed limits are likely in place to account for local driving conditions. If there is severe weather, you should adjust your driving speed accordingly or get off the road.
Avoid oversized trucks and truck convoys. They take up more of the road and make your margin for error that much smaller. In addition, truck drivers have blind spots that car drivers do not have. The truck companies carry truck insurance to protect their fleets, but that is cold comfort when faced with the prospect of colliding with an eighteen-wheeler.
Treat other drivers as you would wish to be treated. Slow down to allow incoming drivers access to your lane. Pass slow drivers safely and without anger. Do not tailgate other drivers.
Finally, it is your responsibility to ensure that your car is in good enough shape to handle high speeds and long distances. Maintain your car. Have it inspected more often than your state mandates. Above all, stay alert.
SHORTCUTS TO CAR SAFETY ARTICLES:
Car Safety And Long Distance Driving
Car Safety And Nighttime Driving
Car Safety And Responsibility For An Accident
Car Safety And Transporting Infants And Children
Car Safety Tips And Highway Driving
Car Safety Tips: Don’t Drink and Drive
Car Safety: Avoiding Drunk Drivers
Car Safety: Distracted Driving Statistics
Car Safety: The Distractions Faced
Car Safety: The Results of Distracted Driving
Music Guidelines to Remain Focused On Driving
Grooming in the Car
Eating and Drinking in the Car
The Distraction of Cell Phones
Car Safety: Defensive Driving
Special Concerns While Driving: Older Drivers
Car Safety: Tailgating
Car Safety: Lane Changing Etiquette
Car Safety: Running Red Lights
Car Safety: Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Car Safety: Road Rage
Be Wary of Playing “The Good Samaritan”
Car Safety: Weather Concerns
Flooding and Snow Concerns While Driving
Practice Safe Driving Habits
Miscellaneous Car Safety Tips