The fastest way to get around day to day in Louisiana is to use the highway. Safety should be at the front of everyone’s minds when they get on the road, and driving on the highway requires a different set of specific skills than driving on a street or in the neighborhood. 

When moving at high speeds, an unexpected crash can be particularly severe. These specific highway safety tips will help drivers to stay as safe as possible on the interstate. 

The American Association of Retired Persons advises that when a problem happens with the vehicle itself, drivers should attempt to exit off the highway and pull over somewhere safe. In the event that someone is pulled over in the emergency lane, drivers should either change lanes to give some space or slow down if it is not possible to get over. 

Changing lanes will sometimes be necessary, but drivers should avoid it until it is needed, such as when passing or getting over for an exit. When changing lanes, drivers should check their blind spots by looking over their shoulders. The left lane should only be used for passing. 

When other drivers are merging, it is helpful and safer to move over a lane to give them some space. Drivers who are merging can enter the flow of traffic more safely by quickly accelerating to the proper speed limit. 

Allstate Insurance highlights that any and all distractions, including cellphone use, should be avoided. The simplest thing that every driver can do to improve safety is to be alert and focused while on the road.