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How to stay safe when driving on unfamiliar roads

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2021 | Blog, Car Accidents

Even if you’re an experienced driver, navigating unfamiliar Washington roads can feel unnerving. You may have to strain to read smaller road signs or struggle to identify house numbers to make it to your destination.

Sometimes, you may not be able to avoid driving in unknown places. Stay safe by using the following tips when driving on unfamiliar roads.

Avoid dangerous lane changes or turns

Missing an exit happens to even the best of drivers. If you’re driving on an unfamiliar road, never make a fast U-turn out of panicking. Instead, head to a spot where you can safely turn around and eventually work your way back. Always use your turn signals as quickly as possible to alert other drivers that you’re turning, too.

Never take your eyes off the road

One of the leading causes of auto accidents on unfamiliar roads is a lack of awareness. Many drivers make the mistake of thinking that rural roads are safer since there may not be as many motorists sharing the roadways. Anytime you’re traveling in an unknown area, pay attention to things like:

  • Animals
  • Pedestrians
  • Bicyclists

Plan your route ahead of time

Never attempt to change the settings of your GPS system while you’re behind the wheel, especially in an unfamiliar driving situation. Instead, plan your route ahead of time. If you absolutely need to adjust your navigational system, pull over to a safe spot. In the end, spending an extra couple of minutes to adjust your GPS is much better than putting yourself or others at risk.

Driving on unknown roads can be adventurous and relaxing. Just remember that even if you don’t notice too many other motorists on the road, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there aren’t any risks to be aware of.