Tips for highway driving
Driving safety and laws
Observe speed limits
- Follow the posted speed.
- Drive to conditions for bad weather, congestion, and construction.
- Signs that say, “Left lane for passing only” identify a pass-only lane.
- After you pass someone, move into the right lane once you've safely cleared the vehicle.
- Impeding the flow of traffic in the left lane is punishable by a fine of up to $200.
Move over or slow down
- Look out for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights.
- Move a lane away from the emergency vehicle.
- Slow down 20 mph below the posted speed limit if you are unable to safely move over.
- Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $200.
Give yourself a break
- Don’t drive while drowsy or tired.
- Get plenty of rest before your trip.
- Recognize fatigue warning signs such as yawning, tired eyes, and lane drifting.
- Get out of your vehicle and stretch your legs every two hours.
- Rest for 15-20 minutes during each stop.
- Avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m. when possible.
- Take a break at a safety rest area or travel information center.
Share the road with large trucks
- Never cut in front of a truck.
- Don’t follow too closely. Trucks require more time to stop because they can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds.
- Leave at least four car lengths between the back of your car and the front of a truck as you pass.
- Avoid the four large blind spots.
- If you can't see the driver in the truck's side mirror, the driver can't see you.