Be Safe in Massachusetts: Roadway Safety Tips

Roadway Safety Tips

Roadway Safety Tips

Ten Safety Tips to Consider For:

Road Respect

  1. Obey posted speed limits. Allow extra travel time for traffic and bad weather to eliminate the need to make up time.
  2. Follow the two-second rule. On the road ahead, pick a fixed object, like a sign post or a tree. When the vehicle in front of you reaches that object, count “one one-thousand, two one-thousand…”. If you reach the object before you count two, you are following too closely. Slow down until you have a full two seconds between you and the other vehicle. Increase this distance during periods of severe weather, or when your vehicle is carrying heavy loads.
  3. Always signal. Showing your intentions when turning or changing lanes lets drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians react safely.
  4. Respect the crosswalk. Stop behind the stop line at yellow and red lights and stop signs. The crosswalk is the location for pedestrians to cross and not for cars to wait.
  5. Don’t block the intersection. Only enter an intersection which you are able to proceed through without stopping or blocking vehicles traveling in a permitted direction. A green light does not entitle you to block an intersection.
  6. Don’t “hog” the road. Let other drivers pass and merge as necessary.
  7. Use the left lane on multi-lane highways for passing only. That’s the law. If you are not passing a slower vehicle, you are required by law to move into a travel lane to the right. A violation of this law results in up to a $100 fine.
  8. Focus on the road. If you are distracted (changing radio stations, talking on the phone, etc.), you put yourself and other road users at risk.
  9. Refrain from unnecessary use of your horn. Your horn is for alerting others to your presence when they may be encroaching upon your legal right of way.
  10. Drive safely all the time. The Registry of Motor Vehicles allows for individuals to report aggressive driving and improper operation.