Motorways are there for our convenience as they make commuting to work fast and exciting. You can’t ignore the sunny skies, the rustling greenery and those waves of joy before you set off.
With precautions, motorway driving can be a joy. Driving at high speeds could be a particular challenge.
Every year 1.3 million people lose their lives in traffic-related accidents. Another 20 to 50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries, many of them becoming disabled.
Reckless driving and poorly maintained vehicles often cause fatalities. As a result, while motorway travel is usually pleasant and relaxing, the situation can quickly become unpleasant. But while some things are always out of your control, others are within your control.
Here we share some valuable tips for drivers who enjoy motorway cruising.
Maintain a constant speed
Sometimes the unpredictability of the vehicle or the condition of the road proves to be the main cause of collisions.
You may be well in place, but another vehicle may have overtaken you incorrectly or may be out of control.
It is therefore wise to drive at a constant speed, preferably below the speed limit. In addition, take extra care when driving at night or in wet weather. Constant fluctuations in speed can distract you and interfere with other vehicles.
Keep a safe distance
However, many drivers become agitated when overtaking, especially when they feel the adrenaline rush. In such circumstances, they may not respect the “keep your distance” rule.
By respecting the speed limit and keeping a safe distance from the car in front, the driver has more time to react to possible collision scenarios and avoid collisions. Keep in mind that when moving fast, more space is needed to stop safely. Therefore, a safe distance should be your top priority.
Maintain optimum tyre pressure
Tyres is always at high pressure when driving on motorways. If a tyre is under-inflated, there is a good chance it could burst. Similarly, over-inflated tyres pose a risk of damage due to the heat generated during prolonged driving.
It is therefore necessary to maintain the optimum tyre pressure or PSI level as specified in the owner’s manual.
Decide on the appropriate lane
On most motorways with three lanes, the right lane is for fast cars and those who prefer to overtake. Trucks and other slow-moving vehicles should use the middle lane. If there is no traffic, most cars use the middle lane.
When changing lanes, use your turn indicator to signal to other drivers what you are about to do. Make sure there is enough space in the overtaking lane before accelerating to overtake.
Take care of blind spots
Blind spots are areas where it is not possible to observe surrounding vehicles. As a driver, you must take care of blind spots as they are always dangerous, especially when making sharp turns or overtaking.
Overtaking in blind spots is one of the main causes of accidents. Overtake only when the road is clear.
There is no doubt that your car must be in perfect condition if you go on the motorway often. At high speeds, the car is under a lot of pressure. Its engine is running at high rpm, so the wheels are spinning at high speed.
This requires significant involvement of every part of your vehicle to ensure you drive in comfort and safety.
However, this is possible if you pay attention to the correct maintenance and adjustment of your car. Whether it’s changing your car’s oil or rotating your tyres, you will always benefit from what you do.
A well-maintained vehicle is essential to improve the driving experience on the road, first and foremost. Make sure your vehicle’s brakes, engine, tyres and all other important components are in perfect working order before you hit the road.
Ineffective braking, tyre bursts at high speeds and faulty steering are common in vehicles that have been poorly maintained.
In addition, have your vehicle checked by Gargash Auto, a professional car scanning and diagnostic service. If you keep everything intact, your vehicle will not betray you.
Travelling is not something you can avoid, but you can reduce risk while improving safety. This requires you to be aware of certain things about your car while keeping it in tip-top shape. Motorways should be great for travelling, not for harming yourself and your vehicle.
Gargash Auto should be a valuable tool to keep your car in tip-top condition. Your visit ensures a good fate for both your vehicle and yourself. You can arrange a service appointment or book a car repair quote at any time on our website or app.