How To Be Safe On I-95
I-95 is an amazing highway that connects almost the entire East Coast, and it is essential for the efficiency and traffic flow we enjoy in America. However, it’s also a dangerous and busy highway in Florida, and one of the most dangerous in the whole country. In 2010, for example, the Florida section of I-95 had the most fatalities of any Interstate Highway.
Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility, so we’ve compiled some tips for driving on I-95 that can help you stay safe on the road.
Watch Your Speed
Speed is one of the leading factors of crashes, so watch how fast you’re driving.
As your speed increases, your stopping distance (the amount of space you need to decelerate) increases as well. Your reaction time also goes down the faster you drive. These two facts are the reason why speeding is the number one cause of crashes on I-95.
So take it easy and ease off the gas next time you hit the highway!
Since I-95 has a high speed limit in some places, remember to account for your higher speed by increasing the following distance between your vehicle and the ones in front and behind you. Tailgating at high speeds can be deadly, so remember to leave lots of following room to allow more time to react if you need to stop suddenly.
It probably goes without saying that you should text and drive, but don’t eat and drive either! This can be tempting since I-95 is home to many fast food restaurants just off the freeway, but leave the snacks for when you get to your destination.
Know When to Pull Over
Also, it’s a state law in Florida (and in many other states) to pull over one lane if you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road with its lights on. If you can’t pull over due to traffic, the law states that you should slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit.
Part of I-95’s convenience is that it goes through many important urban areas where there are lots of exits and entrances onto the highway. In these situations, remember to always let people merge. Cutting someone off or not letting them in can spark dangerous road rage, especially during rush hour. Play it safe, and don’t cut anyone off.
Pay the Toll
Many parts of I-95 have toll lanes called Express Lanes that are sectioned off either by markers or dividers in the road. It can be tempting to sneak into the toll lane when you haven’t paid for it, especially when traffic’s bad. But you’re taking a big risk, as officials are increasingly cracking down on lane diving in the past two years.
Ultimately, I-95 is one of the busiest and most dangerous roads on the East Coast, but taking care to drive defensively and obeying all posted traffic laws can save you a ton of pain and expense.
Common sense is still the best way to avoid an accident, so remember to slow down, assess conditions, and don’t drive while distracted.