Check your speed
When you drive on the highway, you can expect to drive speeds that at least hit 50 mph to 85 mph on some interstates. You’re going to want to make sure that your observing speed limits so that you’re traveling at the posted speed limit in good conditions. When you speed, you endanger everyone on the road as well as yourself. It’s also a good rule of thumb to adjust your driving speed and slow down during inclement weather such as rain, sleet, or snow. Even on clear days, you’re going to want to slow down for construction sites and bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Have a safe following distance
No driver enjoys being tailgated, and on top of that, driving this way can be risky. If you are tailgating someone and the driver comes to a quick stop, the consequences can be disastrous. Rather than tailgating, try to maintain a safe distance from the traffic ahead of you. This is especially true if the roads are slick. You should remain at least three seconds between you and the car in front of you so you will have time to hit the brakes and avoid a collision if you suddenly have to stop.
Share the road
While you’re driving on the highway, you’re inevitably going to come across a few semi-trucks. On average, there are 3.2 million truck drivers in the United States, and each of them drives around 45,000 miles a year. When you share the highways with these large trucks, be sure to leave a lot of space while you are merging or passing in front of them, and always using your turn signal. Be sure to look for the big side mirrors on the truck’s side door, and keep in mind that if you cannot see the trucker, they can’t see you. If you cut off a semi, it can cause the trucker to brake suddenly, which may cause them to lose control.
In most states, the left lane is considered the passing lane, so if you are not passing another vehicle, be sure that you stay in the right lane. Some interstate signs are posted to enforce this rule, and in certain situations, you might be pulled over and ticketed if you are spotted to be traveling exclusively in the left lane.
Maximize visibility and stay alert
Before you start driving your vehicle, make sure you have a good view of the road from your driver’s seat, as not only is it important for your safety, it also helps make sure that other drivers can see you. It’s also a good idea to turn on your headlights when the sun sets or while your driving through difficult driving conditions such as rain, sleet, or snow. Remember that safe driving starts with you, so it’s important not to get distracted by things like smartphones or eating food. The highway deserves your undivided attention, and taking your eyes off the road can put your safety at risk.
Is your vehicle highway ready?
Before you head out on the highway, you’re going to want to make sure that your Mercedes-Benz is equipped to handle the highway. Ensure you’re up to date with your oil changes, tire rotations and that your fluids are topped off. Be sure to make an appointment with our highly skilled technicians here at Mercedes-Benz of Charlottesville. We will go over every inch of your Mercedes-Benz and make sure it is running like new! We are excited to work on your vehicle, and you can make an appointment at our dealership or right here on our website