Do not drive on the shoulder! It’s a state law in many states but we have yet to encounter any Federal agency or state government in America that actually teaches this subject well… meaning for best safety!
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Sadly, vehicles pulling out into active traffic lanes at slow speed is far from being a rare event; many, many drivers do it.
Bear in mind that on most highways, vehicles that are catching up to you from behind are typically travelling at more than 100 feet per second — the equivalent of a full football field in less than three seconds. Even if you are in a very powerful sports car and you are prepared to “floor” the gas pedal — which might be a far-from-wise situation to put yourself in — it still takes a few seconds to reach highway speed, and in a regular car, pick-up or SUV it is likely to take at least twice as long, even if you really go for it.
You simply cannot afford to put yourself, your passengers and everybody in the approaching vehicles in that much danger.
Together with how and exactly where to stop if you do need to use the shoulder, how to best protect the safety of yourself and your passengers (who are all incredibly vulnerable to a secondary collision) while stopped, how best to mark your vehicle for maximum safety, and what not to do while the vehicle is stopped, this is just one of dozens of safety issues and remedies that we cover in depth and with research-based &/or best-practice accuracy on our corporate defensive and advanced driving courses at Advanced Drivers of North America, so if you want maximized safety training for your employees, ADoNA is your best choice.
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