OK – so this blog is going to be a rant more than anything else. Last year after 34,000 miles (55,000 kilometres over a roughly 6 month period) traveling the United States roads (mostly InterState highways) we have observed a lot of drivers (and their bad habits). This year has been no different so I thought I would offer up some driving tips for those of you who don’t follow these basic techniques/ curtousies.
Rules of Highway Driving
My top 9 tips for those of you who might need a refresher on the rules of highway driving are here:
- Turn signals are not optional, they are put in your vehicle for a reason. Use them!
- If you are driving a semi-truck or pulling a camper and take more than 5-7 minutes in the left hand lane (doing 15 miles an hour under the speed limit) to pass another semi-truck you should probably stay in the right hand lane.
- If your exit is less than a mile away start moving over instead of swerving 5 lanes across to make it at the last minute.
- When you are in the left lane and cars are passing you on the right it’s time to move over. Seriously!
- If other drivers leave a car length in front of the car in front of them it is for safety not an invitation for you to move into that space.
- Brake lights should never be seen on an InterState Highway (unless there is an accident).
- The HOV lane (2+ passengers) is meant for that, 2+ passengers. It is not an opportunity for you, by yourself in your vehicle, to use it as a passing lane to weave in and out of traffic.
- Left lane driving is only for driving +4 to 7 (or more) miles over the speed limit, not under the speed limit at anytime.
- Get off your cell phone… it is illegal in Canada and should be in the United States too, particularly on the InterStates where the speed limits can be in excess of 80 miles per hour!
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