Recently, a woman died in a single-car wreck when she exited the freeway and failed to navigate the curve correctly. Her vehicle struck the curb and then a road sign. It then overturned several times in the ditch. While cars and other vehicles are great for getting people from one destination to another quickly, safe driving is important. One important aspect of safe driving is knowing when to slow down.
- When exiting the freeway, be sure to slow down. This can be a tricky situation. You do not want to slow down too soon, or you might be rear-ended by a vehicle behind you, but you also want to slow down soon enough. If the exit ramp is straight, you can wait until you are on the actual ramp before slowing down.
- On a sharply curved exit ramp, you will want to slow down earlier. To avoid having another vehicle hit you from behind, turn on your turn signal early. This will let the driver behind you know you are about to take the exit. Slow down enough to safely make the exit. You can slow down even more once you are on the ramp.
- When making a turn, especially a sharp turn, make sure to slow down to avoid having your vehicle flip.
- Always slow down if the roads are icy or wet or if fog makes it difficult to see.
- Anytime you see brake lights in front of you, be ready to slow down or stop.
- If you see flashing emergency lights on the side of the road, be sure to at least slow down. Ideally, you should also move over to give the emergency worker or workers more room.
- When young pedestrians are present, such as in a neighborhood or near a school zone (even if the lights are not flashing), you may need to drive below the speed limit or at least be ready to slow down or stop with little to no warning.