What is the Highway Transportation System Made Up Of?
Before you can learn what makes up the Highway Transportation System, I need to tell you what it is. So, what is the Highway Transportation System, or HTS? This is the roads that you drive on everyday. It doesn’t mean just the Highways, but also the local roads, back roads and town-owned streets.
So what is this Highway Transportation System made up of? Well there are three pieces to this system. They are Motor Vehicles, People, and the Roads.
Motor Vehicles are a pretty simple concept. But some of you are probably thinking cars. Which are, of course, motor vehicles. But don’t forget the other vehicles that may be on the road. For example trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles. They can be a change to this Highway Transportation System.
Bigger trucks mean you need to keep a larger margin of space, or the space between you and the car in front of you. Bigger trucks need to slow down farther from the traffic light in order to stop in time.
Motorcycles are harder to see in your mirrors or just in front of you. They also increase the risk of damage and serious injury.
Mopeds and Bicycles on the side of the road rely on you to be watching carefully for potential problems ahead. Even if they are parked you could still hit them. Hitting parked cars and bikes can be a nightmare.
The roads are another element in the Highway Transportation System. There are all different kinds of roads such as Single Laned, Double Laned, Triple Laned, Double Yellow Lined, Dirt, Hilly, Narrow and Cracked. You have to know how to change your driving for all of these different types of roads. Also the roads with pavement can get cracked, due to ice and wear on them. These roads can get icy or slippery very quickly, especially at the start of a storm. Night Driving also changes these roads significantly and requires even more attention.
When you think of people, I’m sure a lot of you think of pedestrians, which are anyone in a lesser vehicle which includes bikes or mopeds. As a driver, your job is to anticipate what pedestrians will do. Do this by looking 20-30 seconds ahead and scanning the entire road, including sidewalks. Predict what these pedestrians may do, so you’ll be prepared to stop, if necessary. Also realize that people isn’t only pedestrians, but also the people in the other cars. Driving is a social experience and you still need to respect the other drivers. Communicate on who should go at the stop sign if it was a tie and other things. But realize you aren’t the only one on the road.
The Highway Transportation System is made of millions of cars, thousands of miles of roads, and millions of people. I’ll repeat. You aren’t the only one on the road.