Five Expert Tips to Drive Alone on Expressways

A road trip is another word for freedom and discovery. It is even more exciting when you are planning to head out alone. Of course, it can be physically taxing and sometimes scarier than expected. But if you are a trained driver, you are already aware of the driving techniques and compensating factors to overcome the challenges and boredom.

The drivers that have undergone training at our driving school have happily taken dozens of long road trips by now, and we are preparing more teenagers and adults to hit the road alone and have fun without compromising on safety. Here are some expressway driving tips that we tell all our students; and now sharing with you as our valuable readers –

  1. Know Your Driving Limits

Not everyone can drive ten hours a day, two days in a row. Some drivers have the capacity of sitting behind the wheel for four to five hours only. That can be due to health limitations or feelings of weariness. So, be realistic with your driving limits and plan your journey accordingly. If driving during the dark hours is not your thing, try to cover your distance during daylight.

  • Make the Necessary Adjustments

It is not enough to learn how to drive a four-wheeler. Before going out on the roads alone, you have to adjust the mirrors, the seats, and the windows. Remember, you need to focus more than the road. With these adjustments, you can get the best angle of your surroundings and your vehicle can be a good companion on the way.

  • Pick a Suitable Departure Time

If you are planning your expressway drive alone, pick the right time and place. Route your way through lesser-occupied expressways or during a time when you will see fewer vehicles on the road. Choose an early morning time to embark on your journey. Get on a reasonable pace, so you don’t squeeze in too much time and miss all the fun. Also, do not depart late and delay arriving at your destination.

  • Avoid Driving in Bad Weather

Bad weather such as fog, rain, snow, slippery or icy temperatures brings a significant level of risk for drivers. It doesn’t matter if you are alone or with passengers; these conditions can reduce visibility and are just not safe to be on the road. Heavy traffic is another problem you need to stay away from. In case there is no choice, then you better slow down and keep enough room with the vehicle in front.

  • Stay in a Safe Lane and at the Right Speed

Sticking to your lane and speed limit is crucial to your safety and other drivers on the road. Depending on what speed you want to drive, you can select your lane and stay in it. If you’re going to switch lanes, do it slowly and by giving the appropriate signals. Watch out for the differential in speed, and make a move only when there is a safe gap. You can learn this skill in your driver’s education program.

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