Driving on a major highway is something that all California drivers have to know. After all, the state has some of the longest, busiest freeways in the nation—a factor that results in thousands of fatal car accidents each day. Whether you are a seasoned driver or just received your license, these essential driving tips can help you stay safe when you get on the open road.
Reduce Your Speed and Increase Your Buffer
It can be tempting to speed up when there’s an open road ahead of you and other drivers are whizzing by your vehicle. However, remember that the speed limit is there for a reason—to keep you and others safe. Always reduce your speed on a highway so you have time to brake, should there be a sudden stop or hazard ahead of you. Additionally, ensure that you increase the buffer between you and the vehicle in front of you so you have adequate time to stop.
Driving while distracted is never a good idea, but it can be even more unsafe when you’re traveling at high speeds on a major freeway. No matter how important something seems while you are driving, it’s much safer to take care of it when you are off of the road. Eliminate or ignore any type of distraction that takes your eyes off of the road, your hands off of the wheel, and your mind off of driving.
Scan for Road Hazards
Hazards can pop up unexpectedly on the road, so it’s important that you always remain vigilant behind the wheel. Look ahead and around you for animals, road debris, potholes, or sharp turns. Additionally, remember that certain weather conditions, such as rain and fog, can hinder your visibility and reduce your traction to the road. If possible, check your weather app ahead of time to avoid driving in these conditions. At the very least, ensure that you adjust for such conditions.
Avoid Peak Travel Times
You are inherently more likely to be involved in an auto accident when roads are more congested, simply because there are more cars in close proximity to one another! While we know it’s not always possible, try to avoid getting on the highway during peak travel times, which are typically in the morning (7 a.m.-8 a.m.) and during rush hour (5 p.m.-6.p.m.).
Freeway accidents often lead to multi-vehicle collisions and serious injuries. If you or a loved one is injured on a highway in California, know that our team is here to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible. We will review your case for free, lay out all your legal options, and work hard to pursue justice and maximum compensation on your behalf.
Contact our Fresno car accident attorneys at (559) 900-1280 today!