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Do you know how to drive safely on the highway?

As a resident of West Virginia, there's a good chance you spend a lot of time driving on both highways and back roads.

Of course, there's a big difference between driving 70 miles per hour on a highway and 15 miles per hour on a back road. If you don't take a unique approach to each situation it's possible you could increase the likelihood of being part of an accident.

Let's examine several tips for driving safely on the highway:

  • Follow the speed limit. It's easy to find yourself driving too fast on the highway, especially if there aren't many other vehicles on the road. Even if you're tempted, you need to know the speed limit and adhere to it at all times.
  • Keep your distance. This can be a challenge to do during busy times of the day, but it's a step you should always try to take. There's never a good time to drive too close to the vehicle in front of yours, as this can make it difficult to stop in the event of an emergency.
  • Watch for other drivers. Even though you're doing what you can to remain safe, you can't assume that others are as well. Some drivers make one mistake after the next. You need to watch for these people, as doing so could help you avoid a crash.
  • Leave distractions where they belong. You never want to drive distracted, as taking your eyes off the road (even for a second) will increase your chance of causing an accident. From your smartphone to the radio controls, don't let any distraction enter the cabin of your vehicle.

These are just a handful of the many steps you can take to drive safely on the highway. If you do these things, you'll feel better about your ability to avoid trouble on the road.

In the event of a highway accident, move your vehicle as far off the road as possible. Also, call 911 to ensure that help arrives right away.

Once you receive treatment, you'll want to contact your insurance company while also learning more about your legal rights.

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