Interstate Driving

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Interstate and Defense Act, beginning the construction of the National Highway System. Today, the U.S. Interstate System is the largest road network in the world, spanning over 47,000 miles. Texas has the most interstate mileage in the country with over 3,000 miles of Interstate Highway. Before your next trip down these long stretches of road, do your part to help end the streak of Texas roadway fatalities by reviewing these good driving habits for traveling on the interstate:

1. Be sure your ride is able and ready. Vehicle failures and malfunctions lead to over 20,000 roadway crashes per year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2. Always pay attention to the roadway and other drivers. Be sure to put away distracting devices before getting on the road.

3. Do not speed. Speed limits change as you travel on the interstate. Be aware of what the maximum speed limit is and keep your odometer's pin a few notches lower than the limit.

4. “Drive right, pass left.” The left lanes are for passing vehicles. Remain in the right-hand lane if you do not intend to pass another vehicle or make a left turn.

5. Never drive under the influence.

6. Buckle your seatbelt.

7. Leave at least three seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you.

8. Reduce speed, drive cautiously, and be considerate of construction workers when traveling through work zones.

9. Let it go. Aggressive driving and road rage are factors in over 54% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S.

10. Do not drive when fatigued. Get plenty of rest to avoid what is known as “highway hypnosis” or “white line fever.”



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