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Tips on Driving Long Distances on the Open Road, Part Two

by Aaron Tanner

· Speed Limit,Hitchhiker,Driving

In my last blog post, I wrote part one that featured tips for someone with Aspergers to follow when driving to a different city or state for the very first time. Part two focuses on additional safety tips when on the open road.

People with Aspergers can be very rule oriented. There is often the double standard of one driving the speed limit on the interstate while everyone else is passing you going 10 to 15 miles over the speed limit and no one gets pulled over. If this is your first time driving long distance by yourself, it is probably best to stick as close to the speed limit as possible so that you do not get so nervous you cause a wreck. Other people may pass you, but your safety is what is most important.

Unless you are driving through a state like Virginia, which has some of the strictest speed limit laws, most states and cities give you a 5 to 7 mile buffer of going over the speed limit buffer before police start pulling people over for speeding. Most of the time it is people driving 15, 20, and 25 miles per hour over the speed limit that get pulled over.

I am not encouraging an Aspie to speed. At the same time, if the speed limit is 70 miles per hour and you are going 72 miles per hour, there is no need to panic. If you do get pulled over for going 2 miles per hour over the speed limit, more than likely the town you are passing through is a speed trap. If you cannot handle the speed and traffic on the interstate, take back roads instead to the destination.

Speaking of safety, never pick up a hitchhiker on the side of the road. One never knows if the hitchhiker will harm someone. If you are not good with directions, you may not know how to get the hitchhiker from point A to point B. If you see a hitchhiker, keep driving.

If you are passing through a large city, such as Birmingham or Memphis, it is best to stay on the interstate to avoid driving through neighborhoods that may be in high crime areas. The main reason it is best to stay on the interstate through downtown areas is that sketchy people have been known to stop drivers at red lights and rob them. If you do not feel comfortable driving on the interstate through the central part of a big city, have someone help you plan a route on surface streets through the suburbs. Also, if you are in the metropolitan area of a large city, it is best to use the restroom, get a bite to eat or get gas in the suburbs before or after going through the center of a big city as these businesses are often safer and gas is often cheaper in the suburbs than in the downtown region of the city.

It can be scary at first driving to a location away from home the first time. As one does the task more and more, it gets to be more comfortable. There is also freedom on driving the open road and stopping where you want to stop. This is the best part of driving solo. Parents do not push your child to drive long distances by themselves until they are ready.

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