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Hazards of the Highway

In some ways it may seem like driving on the highway would be a much safer proposition than driving in the city.

When you’re driving on the highway versus in the city:

  1. You don’t have to stop and start as often.
  2. You can travel at a consistent level of speed.
  3. You can enjoy more room between you and the vehicles in front of you.
  4. You don’t have to make as many turns.

This is all true; however, highway driving contains certain challenges that city driving does not.

In fact, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration says more than 1,700 people die each year in crashes on the highway and more than 800,000 are injured.

When driving long stretches of road, it is easier to become drowsy and to lose your concentration. There are no turns to break up what can be a monotonous task.

Here are a couple tips for highway driving:

  • Avoiding semitrailer trucks is the best option as you do not have as much room for error when driving next to a big truck. Additionally, trucks have blind spots that cars do not and you may not easily be seen.
  • Speed limits posted on the highways should always be obeyed. It is important to remember that these limits are meant for daylight, dry driving conditions. When inclement weather sets in, it is crucial to adjust your speed accordingly.

No matter where you are driving, whether in the city or on the highway, it’s important to remain alert and focused on the task at hand, driving.

Crashes that occur at higher speeds may cause a lot more damage so it’s extra important to pay attention when driving on the highway.

If you have damage to your vehicle as a result of a collision on the highway, we can help you. Call us today and set up your appointment, Great Plains Auto Body, (402) 334-7100.