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Don’t overlook these highway driving safety tips

Driving on the highway is not the same as driving in the city, thanks in large part to the speed at which the vehicles are moving. By taking the right approach, you can reduce the risk of being involved in an accident.

Here are four highway driving safety tips that you should keep in mind when on the road:

  • Stay in the right lane. As a general rule of thumb, use the right lane the majority of the time. The left lane should only be used to pass slower-moving vehicles.
  • Use your turn signals. It's critical for others to be able to anticipate your driving intentions, and one of the best ways of communicating is through the use of turn signals.
  • Avoid distractions. When cruising on the highway, it's easy for distractions to creep into drivers' minds. You may be tempted to pull out your cellphone, chat with passengers or eat a snack. However, all of these activities can divert your attention away from the road.
  • Don't drive drowsy. The longer you're on the highway, the greater chance there is that fatigue will set in. If you begin to lose energy, pull your vehicle to safety and recharge.

Even when you follow these highway driving safety tips you could still be part of an accident. This often happens when another driver makes a mistake, such as changing lanes without signaling.

In this case, move as far off the highway as possible and call 911 for help. Once you receive medical treatment, contact your insurance company, file a claim and learn what you'll need to do to protect your legal rights.

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