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SAFE DRIVING ON SUPERHIGHWAYS
review the recommended techniques for freeway driving. The uninitiated will
profit and even drivers who use the freeways regularly may pick up some critical
of all, be sure you're prepared for the long, high speed trip before you leave
the garage. Know that you're in good physical condition and wide awake. The
freeway is no place for sleepyheads. Also be sure your vehicle is ready, that it
is properly filled up with gas, oil and water; tires and brakes are in good
order, and windshield and lights are cleaned.
all been in the habit of pulling up to a major traffic artery and stopping to
wait for a green light or an opening in the traffic flow before we cut in. It's
much different with an expressway. The timid guy who stops on the entrance ramp
is in trouble. He now must step on the gas as the ramp turns into the
acceleration lane (paralleling the main traffic flow) so as to match the speed
of the expressway traffic and merge into the stream.
that you're on the freeway, remember that it is a "limited access"
highway, engineered for speed with safety IF you use it in the prescribed
manner. There'll be no cross streets to watch for—only the widely spaced
entrance ramps, like the one you just entered, and they are designed so that
entering vehicles will not impede the flow of traffic.
fact that it is a limited access highway means that it is designed for speed.
Speed is the reason the access is limited. You have entered a special traffic
way where traffic is supposed to move fast, and you must match the pace. If you
like a slower rate of travel, you have no business on the expressway. Slow
drivers on freeways can be as dangerous as the speeder.
speed also is dangerous on the superhighway, as it is on the road. Engineers who
design such fast highways usually recommend the top safe speed (for vehicles and
drivers in good condition) and this figure usually is posted as the speed limit.
Don't ever exceed it.
some drivers on these roads persist in driving slower than the majority of
drivers, some passing is necessary. But you don't pass on an expressway the way
you did in the old days by getting up close behind the lead vehicle and darting
around as soon as you come to "a wide place in the road."
expressways you stay well back of the vehicle ahead. (One vehicle length for
each 10 miles of speed is the standard following distance to provide a safe
space cushion, but this should be increased on expressways.) When you want to
pass, check your mirrors and blind spots to be sure your passing lane is clear,
switch on your turn signal light, and ease over into the passing lane.
you accelerate to pass the other vehicle, continuing in the passing lane until
you can see all of the passed vehicle in your rearview mirror. Then signal and
cut back to your lane, and continue at the speed of the majority of your fellow
picture how pleasant this kind of rapid travel can be! All drivers are moving
along together at a fast clip, each staying in his own lane well back of the
vehicle ahead of him—none disturbing the peace of other drivers by
"tailgating"—none imperiling the others by jackrabbit bursts of
speed and weaving in and out.
the kind of pleasant driving the expressways were designed to provide! That's
what it can be if you and all other drivers use expressways as they're supposed
to be used.
are going to contribute to this type of pleasant driving, be sure to keep your
mind on the driving job. Stay alert to all that's going on around you, watching
to see that you maintain your safe cushion of space in the driving pattern,
staying in your lane without drifting across the painted lane lines. By keeping
your eye on the road ahead, on either side and behind you, you will know what
evasive action you can take if trouble develops ahead.
you're doing all this, see and read, and heed every expressway sign. There
aren't many of them, but they're all important to you. If you have followed one
important rule—to check your map before starting out—you will recognize the
exit sign just ahead of the exit you will use. Now you begin working your way
over to the exit side (usually on the right). If you should pass your exit,
don't slow down but keep on going and turn off at the next exit. Stopping or
backing on an expressway can be suicidal!
you come to your exit you continue at full speed until you are in the
deceleration lane, then you apply the brakes to slow down to the speed posted at
that ramp. Check your speedometer to be sure, you can't trust your senses after
that high speed driving.
point you readjust your mental attitude about speed, remembering that you now
must conform to the slower speed limits of streets or side roads.
you've made a trip on the expressway and are back in familiar street traffic.
Try to use the expressways whenever they're convenient to get from here to
there—always remembering the points just outlined.
prove that freeway travel is safer that any other type of highway travel, based
on total vehicle mileage. Use the expressway properly for fast, safe and
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