Freeway Emergencies

There are a number of hazards associated with freeway driving. An example: If there is something blocking your path, you should have the ability to steer around it without suddenly slowing down or stopping. Sudden movements on freeways are always dangerous.

If you see a hazard ahead of you or in case of an emergency, communicate with the other traffic behind you by:

  • Flashing your brake lights and headlights
  • Turning on your hazard lights

If you car breaks down on the freeway, don't panic. To avoid suddenly stopping in traffic follow the guidelines given below:

  • Warn others that you are having difficulties by using your brake lights and turn indicators.
  • Pull your vehicle to the shoulder and completely off the pavement if you can do this safely. Do not use the shoulder next to the center divider if at all possible.
  • Make sure that your vehicle is visible in either direction and vehicles have enough space to pass.
  • Use your hazard lights when parked on the shoulder to warn approaching traffic.
  • Call for help and have your vehicle towed off the freeway as soon as possible.

If you must enter a freeway lane from the shoulder, follow the steps given below:

  • Give a signal.
  • Accelerate as safe as possible on the shoulder itself. Don't enter the lane immediately; this could mean entering into fast moving traffic, possibly causing a collision.
  • Make sure that when entering traffic there is an adequate gap between your vehicle and traffic.

You must yield to traffic as you re-enter a highway after being parked.