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Staying safe on the freeway is possible with these tips

Freeway driving can be one of the most dangerous types of driving there is. Drivers should be well-versed in driving skills and traffic laws before using a freeway or highway. Having a good attitude and education in driving on these busy roads is necessary to stay safe.

One thing you need to understand is who has the right of way on a highway. To start with, if you're entering the freeway, you need to yield. You do not have the right of way; those in the main lanes of traffic are already moving at high speeds and won't be able to slow or stop for you. Speed up as you approach the highway and do your best to merge into an open spot between traffic. If there is not anywhere to enter, slow and stop until you see a break in traffic.

Another thing to know is how to alert others to hazards. You have hazard lights in your vehicle for this purpose. If you see dangers up ahead, like deer crossing the street, a traffic accident or significant road damage, make sure to use your hazards and slow down. Doing this gives other drivers a chance to slow and become more aware of their surroundings, so they're less likely to cause a crash.

No matter how old you are or how much experience you have, you need to remember to be a defensive driver. Other drivers are bound to make a mistake, so it's up to you to watch out for your own health and safety. If you're hit, you'll have a right to seek compensation.

Source: DriversEd, "Freeway Driving," accessed April 12, 2018

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