Follow these highway driving safety tips

When you find yourself driving on Highway I-80 through Pennsylvania, it's important to take caution to avoid any collisions. The shorter days and early dusk hours can make driving more challenging.

Winter weather will soon be upon us, so it's a good idea to review some highway driving safety tips that may keep you and your family safer:

  • Slow down. Know the posted speed limit and stick to it. Remember that in bad weather, you may have to drive even slower.
  • Don't follow too closely. Icy roads can make for slippery Pennsylvania roads. Beware of black ice patches.
  • Watch for large vehicles. During the winter months, you have to keep an eye out for snow removal vehicles on the highways, as well as the usual commercial trucks.
  • Safe passing is a must. Don't jockey for position in the lanes and never pass vehicles in the right lane.
  • Stay alert. This means avoiding distractions and never driving if you're drowsy. You should always have a clear mind with 100 percent of your focus on the road.

Remember, too, that you are only as safe as the surrounding drivers on the highway. This means be proactive about safety and giving a wide berth to any driver who appears impaired or otherwise unsafe.

If you're part of a highway accident, turn your immediate attention to your health and well-being. This means checking yourself and passengers for injuries and then calling 911.

Once you receive treatment, learn more about the accident. Then, contact your insurance company to file a claim and take steps to hold the negligent party responsible for their actions.

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