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5 tips for driving on Louisiana’s interstates

Baton Rouge is a very busy city, partly because of the interstates that run through it. Just a few miles from downtown is the I-10/I-12 split. The Atchafalaya Basin bridge, which is known for crashes, is just west of the downtown area.

Anyone driving through Baton Rouge should remember to put safety first. This can help keep them and everyone else on the road safer. Ultimately, safety depends on all drivers making responsible choices as they drive.

#1: Prepare for the drive

Getting ready to drive on the interstate means that you need to be mentally and physically able to handle the drive. You also need to prepare your vehicle by checking that the tires are in good condition, the brakes work well, and all the lights are functioning properly. Other safety checks, such as ensuring the wipers work and that there’s wiper fluid in the well, are also necessary.

#2: Allow appropriate time

Always leave enough time for you to reach your destination. Trying to rush on the interstate can be very dangerous. You’re more likely to make driving errors if you’re rushing. Getting to your destination a little early is better than having to rush.

#3: Watch for construction

The never-ending construction on Louisiana’s interstates is a running joke for many people. Watch carefully for the construction zones because these are areas that often have lane shifts and changing speed limits.

#4: Follow proper driving guidelines

Try to remain in the right lanes on the interstate. The left lane should be used for passing only. Don’t crowd other vehicles while you drive. Follow the three-second rule if you’re driving behind someone. You need to leave four to six seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you if you’re changing lanes. Never allow yourself to become distracted while you drive. Use your turn signals and always drive safely.

#5: Adjust to circumstances

You never know what’s going to happen when you’re driving. Making adjustments as you drive can help you to remain safe. In some cases, such as when it’s raining, you may have to drive slower than the posted speed limit to remain safe.

Even if you’re a safe driver, you may still be involved in a crash. Get medical care immediately, even if you don’t think you’re injured. Seeking compensation is possible if the wreck resulted from a negligent driver. Time limits apply to these cases in Louisiana, so be sure to act swiftly once you realize you need to make a claim.