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How can you protect yourself on unfamiliar roadways?

| Aug 24, 2020 | Injuries |

Navigating new roads you have never driven on before in Texas may cause you to feel uneasy and even a bit panicked. Simultaneously trying to find your way and follow traffic laws presents a difficult challenge.

People who prepare their thoughts prior to navigating their way to a new destination may have added confidence. Sometimes, this confidence may contribute to their protection by preventing them from making irrational or panicked decisions which could increase their risk of crashing.

Staying calm and collected

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to get uptight or panicked because you missed a turn or do not understand the road signs in the area. Sudden movements or illegal traffic maneuvers may create a hazard for other drivers and cause you to crash. The best thing you can do is to remain calm and pull over if necessary, to gather your thoughts and assess your location.

Traveling with a companion is a way to have help with navigation. A vigilant passenger may provide a heads up about various road signs or exit points to help you stay on track without having to do all of the critical thinking on your own. If you need to reset your GPS, a travel companion can take over so you can keep your focus on driving safely.

Increasing confidence

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, you may stay safer and have more confidence driving on unfamiliar roadways when you spend time studying your route before getting into your vehicle to gain some familiarity with the roads. Things you may look for include rest stops along your route, gas stations and key points of exit or entry on and off of major roadways along your route.