Who would say no to the long adventurous road trips, going on a trip with family and friends has a separate perks of enjoyment. But with an idea and tips of driving on a holiday trips will make situations easier to handle with along with enjoyment. There are few suggestions and guidelines to be overviewed before heading on to the destinations especially for the highway roads and roads on the sides of the jungles. There are few things a rider should be cautious and aware about. Here are the 10 highway driving tips for you.
- Pick up a speed and hold on to it
Speed is one of the crucial point to look while riding on highways maintaining high speed is easy as roads are wider and traffic is generally light. If there are sign which show speed limits as 80kmph or 70kmph take them as a guide line and stick close to them it is basically for your safety and others aswell. So the best thing is to see the situations and set the pace. If the roads are wet and you are driving at night its better to slow down a bit other hand if roads are open and visible you can speed up a bit & enjoy the roads.
2. Changing the lanes
Changing or switching lanes is most important for driving especially on highways where most vehicles travel in high speed. Few common mistake made is driving in wrong lane. Before changing from one lane to other the speed differences between lanes should be recognized as per to your vehicle. The right most lane is for overtaking it is also called a fast lane . A slow moving car can be a danger there, if you are about to switch the lane make it sure that you give the appropriate signals and keep a keen eye on the differences in speed and change it when you are sure about the gaps enough for overtaking.
3. Keep safe distance between vehicles
While travelling in highway keep safe distance between vehicles and those around you. Situation in roads are unpredictable you would never know when the vehicle ahead of you will suddenly brake so keeping distance will give you enough time to brake and also to avoid collision. Therefore always follow the simple 3 seconds rule. Firstly look for the signboard as a reference, check time you take to get there after the car in front of you passes. Be cautious if you are driving through heavy rain or fog
The maximum causes of accidents on the high-speed roads occurs due to overtaking. Therefore correct judgement & timing are important to focus while overtaking. Firstly analyze the speed of the vehicle in front of you by giving the upcoming car a long hard look, check the vehicle approaching from behind before you pull out from the lane, make sure you have selected a suitable gear , a higher gear will take more time and lower gear will take lesser time. Hence we advise you to take lower gear while overtaking.
5. Proper signalling
While driving on highway you should be aware of the movement of vehicles around you, it is important to notify yourself as well as other about your movement while driving on the roads. Providing indications of switching of lanes is vital and if you notice any obstruction that requires you to brake suddenly turn your hazards well before stopping and start getting down to the pace. Further proper signalling will help in avoiding uncertainties and also give you full enjoyable pleasure of driving.
6. Keep an extra eye on the mirror
Mirrors in your cars are like an extra set of eyes, it is very essential to check the mirror constantly. Making a habit to check on all three of the mirrors everytime to make a move is important. While overtaking, switching lanes first things to do is checking the mirror then as per to it you shall take the decisions. Beware of the blind spot as mirror cannot project entire view. Nowadays rear view mirror have a day-night function attached which can reduce the headlights reflection of motors behind you.
7. Pit Stops
Stopping at interval are crucial while long highway drives. Drivers fatigue causes accidents in highways but stopping at pit stations will help you to get fresh air and helps you to get active and liables you to be more concentrated and also be alot more alertful. If you feel fatigued make a stop in the next pit point, take a quick break. Also avoid letting fuel level to drop below quarter tank because there might not be availability of fuel station or might be closed so better to avoid obstacles.
8. Rains and wet roads
Driving in rainy season in comparatively difficult and riskier. Restrict speed and avoid puddles and wet patches if you can in these weather avoid pools of water, driving through pools of water can lead to car hydroplaning where tyres lose grip on wet roads which can lead to vehicle skidding off. During heavy rainfall it is better to keeps the headlights on even in day time. It helps other drivers to see your vehicle while driving.
9. Night driving
Night rides should be avoided as much as possible, even if you are driving proper visibility is necessary. keep your windshield clean and all lights working and also make sure that you don’t set the headlights too high because it might disturb other motorists. And make sure that you don’t use high beam while overtaking. Beaware of truck and bus drivers as they be driving all day and may feel drowsy and reach slower than you expect.
If unfortuantely your vehicles has a breakdown it is important to keep calm and follow few steps that could be slow downing the vehicles gradually and start moving to the shoulder of highway. Stop carefully and switch your hazard lights on. Place hazard triangle 10 to 15 feet behind the car so that it will make other motorist aware about the situation. Examine the damage and call for assistance. At night switch on the interior lights to make the vehicle as visible as possible. Always try and stay in vehicles until help arrives.