All too often, the vast majority of vehicle collisions occur when impatient motorists aim to overtake slower traffic and go head-on into vehicles instead. An estimate of 12 people are hurt every week in consequence to crashes caused by slow drivers. The Department of Transportation suggests 1,000 people on average have been injured or killed in the past six years following collisions where at least one of the motorists was driving too slowly.
Rules of The Road
Although not a topic many people consider, driving under the speed limit is dangerous. One rule of thumb licensed motorists learn is how to properly avoid holding up traffic and avoid reckless driving. According to Texas Transportation Code Section 545.363, motorists should not hold up high volumes of traffic, especially when operating a large, slow moving vehicle. Oftentimes, this rule primarily refers to commercial trucks such as busses, garbage, cargo and tanker trucks. Drivers should frequently check their mirrors and safely pull over to allow traffic to pass when necessary.
Motorists impede traffic if they are going fifteen miles below the speed limit in good driving conditions. Whether it is a hazardous truck going too slowly on the highway, or an illegally parked semi, impeding traffic is a ticket-able offense due to the risk it poses. When operating a vehicle, it is important to note how closely commercial trucks are tailing behind your vehicle. 18-wheelers and other big trucks have multiple blind spots. One fact to consider is that it takes a commercial truck up to 1/3 longer to stop than our normal cars. Moving into clearer lanes can be helpful in avoiding collisions with commercial trucks and vehicles.
Guidelines to Drive By
It is always important to be a defensive driver when operating a vehicle. If you are someone who is only comfortable driving the speed limit, do not let other drivers impose pressure on you to speed up if you feel it’s not safe. Simultaneously, if you are someone who typically drives a little faster than the speed limit, do not tailgate other motorists into going faster. Conditions and rules as to how fast motorists should be operating their vehicles vary case by case, but here are some general rules to consider:
- On a two lane highway, remain in the right lane unless you are passing or using the left lane to exit.
- One a freeway with three or more lanes, occupy the right and center lanes, only using the left lane for passing.
- If you are in the left, passing lane and notice in your rear-view mirror that a faster-moving car is approaching, move to the right lane as soon as you can do so safely.
- Whatever your speed, be careful not to impede the normal flow of traffic.
- Know the speed limits that are specific to your state, and be aware when traveling to other states.
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