Let's all get on the same pageThey say getting there is half the fun. They haven't been stuck in holiday traffic with everyone crowding the road with cars packed to the gills. Driving on a long weekend can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips that everyone can follow. Not only will they make your drive more pleasant, you'll make everyone else's too.
Maintain consistent speed on the highwayWhen you're cruising along on the highway, maintain a constant speed. If someone is trying to pass you, don't speed up and block them. Also, if you decide to pass someone, don't make the move and immediately slow down. Why pass if you are only going to hold up everyone behind you? And while we're on the subject, use the left lanes on when you're passing someone, not as a place to camp out. Some states like Indiana even have a law to that effect. — Reese Counts
Avoid Phone Use When DrivingIt might sound obvious, but don't use your phone when driving over the holiday weekend. Just drive. Set the nav or print out directions. Know where you're going ahead of time. Be aware of your surroundings. If you really need to make a call, well, okay. But please pair your phone so you can do it handsfree and maintain a good view of the road. There's nothing worse than seeing a car swerving or dawdling in the left lane, and when you pass them, the driver is head-down in his or her phone. We all have connected lives. We'll all be safer if you don't use your phone when behind the wheel. — Greg Migliore
Save the tailgating for football season
We’ve all been there. Gripping the steering wheel so tightly our knuckles are turning white, screaming at the top of our lungs for the car in front to move. Traffic, especially bumper-to-bumper traffic, sucks. And when the road mercifully clears up, there are always a few drivers that refuse to get out of the fast lane. However, bullying other drivers into switching lanes or going faster is a jerk move.
Tailgating in stop-and-go traffic is not only useless, it’s also what sets BMW drivers apart from normal human beings. If you, like the other of millions of Americans, are planning to travel this weekend, do the right thing by driving at least three seconds behind the car in front of you. Despite countless bad examples, following extremely closely behind another car won’t get you to your destination any quicker. Leaving space will also give you enough time to take evasive action if case something goes wrong.
Patience is not only a virtue, it will also make the agonizing task of driving in a straight line for endless hours safer and more enjoyable for everyone on the road. — Joel Patel
Park your car after you're done pumping gas.With holiday traffic means gas stations can get busy, and it only take a few seconds to save someone else whole minutes. So don't leave your car at the pump when you go into the store to buy your 48-ounce guzzler-size slushie. I'm going somewhere too, and I don't want to wait for you to perfectly mix cherry and grape before I can fill up my tank. — Michael Austin
Use turn lanes correctly
- Enter lane with turn signal on
- Brake to slow down while in turn lane
- Make a full turn when opposite traffic is clear.