For those who frequently participate in the hustle and bustle of a commute on snow-laden roads, freshening up on road regulation and etiquette can be beneficial. You should know how to drive on the highway and on residential roads. You should be familiar with speed limits, road signs and laws about switching lanes.
Here are four great tips to help you avoid crashes and protect yourself and your loved ones as you head out this year. Each one is designed to help you be a better driver and watch out for those who may be distracted, drowsy or drunk.
- Refresh your memory on lane-switching laws
The first tip is to take just a few minutes to review some common traffic laws. For example, if you see solid lines on the road, then that means you can’t pass. If you have dotted lines on your side, then you can. Learning simple rules like that can help you avoid crashes caused by simple errors.
- Plan out your route
Another good idea is to plan out your route ahead of time. Get to know the speed limits, any potential construction zones and areas where you can rest or reroute if needed. This will reduce stress and help you get to your destination safely.
- Learn the signs of other dangerous drivers
Learn to watch out for drivers who are being aggressive, weaving or acting unusually. If you see them, back away when you can and allow them to pass. Call 911 or the authorities, so someone can check in on them and see if they need assistance (or if they’re breaking the law).
- Give yourself plenty of time
Another great tip is to give yourself plenty of time when you’re heading to a destination. If you don’t need to rush, you’ll be more relaxed and less likely to crash.
These are four tips that can help you relax, drive safely and get to your destination. If you’re hurt in a crash because of another driver’s mistakes, remember that you may have a case against them. Everyone can be, and should be, cautious to prevent crashes.