Thousands of drivers use Interstates 24, 40, 440, 840, and 65 in and around Nashville every day to get to and from work and when passing through the area.
In addition, there are also dozens of high-speed highways throughout the mid-state region. These roads have higher speed limits than other streets, making trips faster and easier. But the higher speed limits can increase the risk of serious injuries when accidents occur.
You can reduce your risks of getting hurt while driving on a high-speed roadway by:
- Driving at or below the speed limit
Most interstates in Middle Tennessee have speed limits of anywhere between 55 mph and 70 mph. It’s important to drive at or below those limits. Exceeding the speed limit makes you more likely to lose control of your vehicle, and it also increases your vehicle’s stopping distance. During inclement weather such as rain, snow, or fog, you should further reduce your speed.
- Avoiding distractions
Keeping your eyes, ears, and mind fully focused on the road are vital no matter when or where you’re driving. But distracted driving is an even bigger risk when you’re traveling on a high-speed highway or interstate. In the time it takes to send or read a text message, your vehicle can travel the length of a football field.