Driving Tips to Remember During Your Holiday Road Trips

November 15th, 2017 by

The holidays are here and for many people that means road trips on highways and interstates to visit family and friends. Here are a couple road trip reminders about driving on interstates and highways

High Beams

High beams are great when there aren’t many other vehicles on the road. However, when high beams are in use, drivers need to be aware of others because high beams can be blinding to vehicles approaching the vehicle from the opposite direction and even to vehicles being approached from behind.

High Beam Flash

See another vehicle flash its high beams? Chances are that’s a driver trying to tell you something — so don’t just brush it off. Here are three common reasons drivers flash high beams.

  • It could mean the driver is trying to warn you about law enforcement patrolling the road ahead of you or they may be warning you of a dangerous situation.
  • It could be a reminder to you to turn your lights on.
  • If it is from a vehicle behind you, they are asking you to modify your driving because you may be impeding their driving.

Going Under the Speed Limit

If you are traveling under the speed limit, or traveling slower than other vehicles on the road, you should be driving in the right lane. If other drivers are passing you on your right side, you should move to the right and allow faster traffic to pass on your left.

Left Lane is for Passing

Many drivers think the left lane is for drivers that are traveling faster than other drivers, but it’s really for drivers that want to pass slower traffic. The left lane is not a lane to coast in, even for drivers traveling faster than other drivers. The left lane is intended to be used by drivers who want to pass slower traffic, and once slower traffic is passed, drivers are supposed to coast in the right lane.

Driving with Hazards

It’s pretty typical to get some very heavy rainstorms on the road in Florida, but heavy rain is not a reason for drivers to use their hazard lights while driving. Hazard lights are only to be used when a vehicle is pulled off the side of the road.

Move Over Law

Don’t forget about the Move Over Law in Florida! If there are emergency vehicles or tow truck drivers pulled over on the shoulders, drivers in the closest lane to the pulled over vehicles must slow down by 20 mph or move over a lane.

Any other driving tips or reminders? Let us know! We hope you have a great holiday season!

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