Driving on the interstate is convenient, but it is also more dangerous because vehicles are driving at higher speeds. Here are a few safety tips for driving safely on I-70.
1. Leave Space Between Yourself and Other Vehicles
Interstate driving is typically much faster than road travel with two or four lanes. Naturally, slowing down from higher speeds can be more difficult if there is not enough space between you and the driver in front of you. You should be able to count several seconds from when the driver passes a road sign until you pass the same sign. This is a good rule to follow when driving on I-70.
If someone behind you is driving too close, you may want to switch lanes and allow the driver to pass. This should keep you from being rear-ended, should you need to stop suddenly.
2. Be Aware of Blind Spots
Many accidents occur because drivers switch lanes before checking their blind spots. You should always check your mirrors and look into your blind spots before merging or switching lanes. Additionally, as you pass other vehicles, be aware of the blind spots they have as well. They may not be taking as much precaution as you are and decide to make a quick lane change while you are attempting to pass. Being vigilant in checking blind spots will help you prevent accidents.
3. Change Lanes Carefully
As described above, you should change lanes carefully. Avoid changing lanes if it appears that someone is trying to pass you. It is best to find a safe lane and remain there as long as possible. The speed of traffic on I-70 can be overwhelming at times.
4. Get Plenty of Rest
Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are falling behind on rest, it is much better to use ride-sharing or to carpool with a friend. Sometimes, you may start driving before you realize you are sleepy. If this happens, make sure to pull over to a safe spot and get some rest before taking the road again.
5. Don’t Driver Under the Influence
If you have had a few drinks, don’t take the chance thinking that you are below the legal blood alcohol limit. Simply use ride-sharing or find a designated driver to get you home. Pay attention to any prescription medications you take as well because many can impair your motor skills. If you were to cause an accident because of your medication, that could constitute driving under the influence.
6. Obey Speed Limits
On interstates, there are typically speed limits and minimums. Unless you are in crawling traffic, make sure to abide by these traffic laws to prevent an accident. If you are driving under the speed limit, it is usually best to remain in the right lane to allow others to pass you.
This service provides real-time information on the flow of traffic, construction areas, and accidents. You can use this service to make yourself aware of possible delays before using I-70.
This online service provides greater detail on road closures, construction, or any weather conditions that may be impairing safe travel on I-70.
If you do get into an accident while on I-70, it’s important to contact a car accident attorney so you can get compensation for any injuries or damage. For more information about how a personal injury attorney can help you with your Indiana car accident case, contact Stewart & Stewart at 800-333-3529 or visit our website.