Highway Driving In Canada
Highway driving can be stressful with tractor trailers and more vehicles then ever clogging the roads the last few years. The best thing to do is to find out as much as you can about these vehicles and their operation.
Here are some tips on how to share the highways with commercial vehicles:
- Commercial vehicles have blind spots so avoid staying in those spots. If you can’t see them in their side mirror, chances are they don’t see you either.
- Trucks and buses need more distance and time to stop. When you are driving in front of such a vehicle, make sure to signal in advance.
- Truck wheels create spray so turn on your wipers before passing large vehicles
- Driving conditions like the weather and time of day can affect visibility
- Never squeeze between a turning truck and the side of the road, so as not to be crushed
Merging with highway traffic can seem stressful.
However, you just have to pay attention and work with the other drivers and the move will be safe and easy. The merging lane is designed to let drivers accelerate and match the speed of highway traffic. You just have to pick a hole in the traffic and then accelerate to match their speed, signal, do a shoulder check and get into the lane. Canadian law lets people walk and bike on the shoulders of highways, even the TransCanada. You have to watch for bicyclists and pedestrians. If you are doing the speed limit you should have no trouble slowing down or stopping for people on the road.
Remember in order to drive successfully you should have a good sleep.
Driving without enough sleep is extremely dangerous and unfortunately many people do it and fall asleep at the wheel. Their reaction time and vision fail them when they are tired. You should stop somewhere and walk around and get fresh air or just stop and sleep. When you are highway driving you should stop every few hours. As you age, your peripheral vision gets slimmer and slimmer. Now you have to turn your head more and you may not be used to that and can only turn so far which can be dangerous to other younger drivers who have to keep a look out for older drivers.
Improvements are being made to Canadian highways to the tune of $600 million dollars by the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program.
If you want to drive a truly amazing highway then visit one of the largest highways in the world the Trans-Canada Highway that stretches more than 500 miles through the Southern Interior, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island in B.C. Nearly every main road and highway in B.C. intersects with this highway. It is truly worth travelling simply for the amazing views. You want your trip to be enjoyable so if someone is tailing you and driving crazy then just let them pass. If you try to speed up or don’t let them get past you, it could turn into road rage. There have been many cases of road rage even in Canada.
It is better just to let these individuals pass and prevent any problems with angered and irate drivers.
Andrei Zakhareuski is the founder of Find-a-driving-school.ca. He has been writing for beginner Canadian drivers for several years.
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