Preventing Highway Accidents by Taking Responsibility
This week is going to be a lot of fun. Your sister-in-law is coming to visit, and you have a lot of things planned. However, since she’s arriving late, your wife somehow convinced you to pick her up at the Amtrak station after work. Although you’re excited to see her, you’re not too thrilled about having to pick her up, especially since the back way that you usually take to the station is under construction, forcing you to have to take 10 during rush hour.
However, you know your husbandly duties, so you Google directions from the highway to the station, and set out as soon as you leave work. After about 20 minutes on 10 you pass exit 30 and since you think your exit is coming up soon, you decide to look at your directions. That’s when you realize that exit 30 was your exit. Now you’re not sure where you’re going or how to get back to the station. You start to get a little panicky and begin to slow down.
What should you do?
How to Take Responsibility Safely for Common Expressway Errors
Every one of us, at one time or another, has missed an exit, become stuck in a traffic jam, or somehow gotten lost on an expressway. To err is only human, but doing it on a highway can be extremely frustrating and sometimes dangerous; therefore, it is important to know what to do to safely take responsibility for your mistake, without making it worse or causing an accident.
Missing Your Exit
Although it’s annoying to realize that you missed your exit, and it’s tempting to just back up the 10 feet to correct yourself, backing up on an expressway is extremely dangerous and illegal. Therefore, if you find that you’ve missed your ramp, take responsibility and simply continue until the next exit and turn around. Yes, you may lose five minutes, but you won’t put your own life, as well as the lives of those around you, at risk
Stuck in a Traffic Jam
Traffic jams are an unfortunate, potential by product of every roadway system. Once you’re a part of it, there isn’t much you can do to get out of it—except wait. However, you can help speed it up and prevent it from getting worse by following proper etiquette. Don’t attempt to create your own lane, don’t assume that you getting to your destination is more important than the person next to you getting to his, don’t cut people off and when you know a lane is going to end, and take turns and get over to the correct lane as soon as possible
Realize You’re Going the Wrong Way
If you suddenly realize that you should be going south, but are currently northbound, don’t panic! All you have to do is turn around when appropriate; however, the median is not an appropriate turn around. When you approach the next exit, simply get off and then get back on, in the opposite direction. Although it may be frustrating and time consuming to have to wait to turn around, the misdirection was your fault, and putting the innocent people around you in danger because of it, is not a viable option. Take responsibility and wait for a safe and legal option to correct your mistake without making the matter worse.
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