Interstate 45 (I-45) in Texas is considered to be the most deadly road in the US. Five fatal accidents for every 100 miles of road cannot be taken lightly. The peak of the winter season is approaching, which is why it’s critical for Texans to drive carefully and safely along Interstate 45. Bear in mind that I-45 is also deemed by the Texas Department of Transportation to be the most heavily traversed freight corridor. This means that you will be driving on the highway together with 18-wheelers and semi-trucks. Here are some important things to remember as you hit the highway during this season.
Driving Through The Highway
Give allowances for travel time. You will need to drive slowly because the car takes longer to respond to turns, acceleration, and brakes on icy roads. Avoid driving too close to the vehicle in front of you especially if it is a semi-truck or a snowplow. When stopping, avoid sudden movement because this could make you lose control and steering. Instead, pump the brake gently. Steer clear of using cruise control while driving on an icy road. Keep calm in case your vehicle breaks down or you get involved in an accident.
What To Do In An Emergency
If your car breaks down, stay inside and call for help. Don’t forget to turn on emergency flashers to warn other vehicles. If you were in an accident with a truck (or smaller car) get out of the car and stay someplace safe. Once you’re safe, call the police and report the accident. If there is someone injured, give this information to the police. Take pictures of damages to the vehicle, injuries you or your passenger sustained, and any other evidence. An 18-wheeler accident attorney will find this valuable in case you will be seeking compensation from the other driver.
Preparation Is Key
It would be best to perform a general vehicle check-up even before the winter season starts. This will give you enough time to fix or purchase any items that are worn out or broken like tires, windshield wipers, the ignition system, and battery. Plan your trips beforehand and listen to weather reports so you can make adjustments if necessary. Equip your car with emergency supplies in case you meet an accident, need to stop due to severe weather conditions, or the car breaks down. Know your vehicle’s safety features like traction control and the anti-lock braking system and educate yourself on how to use them.
Before driving off, make it a habit to check tire pressure and wiper fluid. Refill them if necessary. Clean out any dirt, ice, or snow from windshields, windows, sensors, and external cameras before using the car. Keep your gas tank at least half-full to avoid gasoline freeze-up. It’s also good practice to warm up your car before driving on.
The I-45 may be a dangerous highway to drive on. You can, however, protect yourself and your vehicle with these tips.