Suburban driving is to some extent more measured and calm than city driving, but at the same time, it is during intercity trips that the risk of serious accidents is highest.
Is it possible to somehow minimize the danger when driving on the highway? You can, if you adhere to simple and clear rules, which, unfortunately, some drivers ignore.
Keep your distance
The speed of cars on the highway is much higher than in the city, so the driver should maintain a large distance from the car in front. Otherwise, the motorist may simply not have enough time to brake.
Note that the weather should also be taken into account when choosing a safe distance. For example, in the rain, the braking distance is slightly longer than usual, which means that the space in front must be chosen with a margin.
In the rain, you also need to remember about the deterioration of visibility and aquaplaning, especially if ruts have formed on the asphalt, which means that in such conditions it is worth slowing down.
Think carefully about overtaking
Most often, road accidents occur due to the fact that one of the drivers went to overtake when it should not have been done. In such cases, the matter often ends in a head-on collision of two cars, the combined speed of which can reach 200 km / h or more.
That is why drivers should carefully consider any maneuvers on the track, especially overtaking. If the oncoming lane is not empty, then it is better to postpone than to take a conscious risk, creating a potentially dangerous situation on the road.
Before driving into the oncoming lane, it is also important to make sure that someone from behind the cars has not done this before (be sure to look in the mirrors). Plus, you shouldn’t stick close to vans or other cars, since it is more difficult to assess the situation in the oncoming lane and accelerate sharply for quick overtaking.
Don’t forget to rest
Monotonous long-distance trips are exhausting for most drivers, so on average, non-stop driving should not exceed 8 hours.
Driving for a long time, the motorist becomes less alert, which can just cause a serious accident. The risk of getting into an accident at night is especially great, when a driver who is tired during the day can be pulled into sleep.
This is why it is best to take long trips with another person who can take control when you get tired. If there is no replacement as such, then it is better to stop somewhere and rest.
You can also try to keep yourself busy. For example, print out a packet of chips or nuts: food will distract you from sleep. If possible, open the window so that fresh air from the street enters the cabin, drink an energy drink and communicate with the passenger, if available.