When driving on the highway, you’re likely to be moving at a high rate of speed, with other vehicles doing the same. It’s only natural to have concerns about your safety.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Maintain a safe speed: Know the speed limit and adhere to it at all times. There may be times when you have to go a bit faster, such as to pass a slow-moving truck. However, do your best to always obey the speed limit.
  • Watch your following distance: The faster you’re moving, the more time it takes to stop your vehicle. A safe following distance is a must. It gives you enough time to stop an emergency.
  • Drive in the right lane: The right lane is where you should spend most your time, as the left lane is for passing. This is the safest place you can be on the highway.
  • Remain alert: It’s easy to become distracted when driving on the highway. In addition to distractions inside your vehicle, you may find your eyes wandering to take in the sights. Any distraction increases the risk of an accident.

Even if you take these precautions when driving on the highway, another driver could still make an error that causes an accident.

If you’re injured in a highway car accident, make sure that you get the medical treatment you need. As you recover, your attention will turn to the cause of the accident and how to protect your legal rights to get the compensation you need and deserve from the at-fault driver and any others who may bear responsibility.