Tips for Motorists
Sharing the road with thousands of other cars and trucks without being properly prepared can lead to being stranded on the side of the road or worse. Start preparing for your trip a few days before your departure and plan ahead.
Have your car checked out by your mechanic. Make sure that your heating and cooling system are working and that your hoses and radiator are not worn or leaking.
If you do not have GPS, sit down with an atlas and plan your route. Make note of any route changes and exit numbers. Write out your directions so you can be prepared for any changes or exits and can be in the proper lane.
Leave with extra time figured into your trip timing. This way you are not rushed and will hopefully avoid speeding. Do not speed, especially in construction zones.
If you do not feel well, postpone your trip until you feel better.
Don’t push your limits. If you get tired/fatigued, stop and take a break, walk around your vehicle, do a few minor exercises. If you are too tired, take a nap, or get a motel.
If you are around large trucks, remember, if you cannot see the driver in his/her mirrors, he/she cannot see you.
If you are going to pass, do so quickly and never hang next to the truck’s tires in case one blows out.
Watch what is going on ahead of you as far as you can see, this way you can avoid having to take evasive maneuvers or slam on your brakes.
Leave plenty of room between you and any other vehicle.
Limit your distractions. Do not watch movies or read anything other than glancing at your directions while driving.
Limit your cell phone use and use a head set.
Never cut off anyone but especially large trucks. It can take a fully loaded semi a foot ball field length to come to a stop.
Never stop in the traffic area of a highway or interstate.
Make sure to keep your gas/fuel tanks full. Gauges sometimes do not register correctly.
Sharing the road with other drivers and should be fun. Follow the rules and tips above and you will be able to talk pleasantly about your trip for years to come.