Defensive Driving Tip On Merging Into Another Lane

Defensive Driving Tip On Merging Into Another Lane



Driving safely on​ the highway takes a​ lot of​ concentration, knowledge and​ effort on​ everybody’s part these days. Knowing the meaning of​ traffic signs is​ a​ very important part of​ defensive driving, and​ not knowing the meaning of​ any one traffic sign should be an​ important reason​ to​ stay off of​ the road and​ retrain​ your​ ability on​ understanding what each and​ every highway sign means for​ the sake of​ your​ well being and​ others.

I do a​ lot of​ highway driving and​ it​ sure gets pretty scary out there. I’ve been driving for​ over thirty-five years, 18 professionally, and​ it’s not getting easier. as​ a​ matter of​ fact, drivers are getting bolder. According to​ the dictionary, yield means to​ give up to​ another and​ or​ give up to​ pressure. I think a​ busy highway or​ any traffic would be reason​ to​ yield to​ others coming from behind at​ a​ higher speed that is​ carrying 2,000lbs or​ greater of​ moving pressure. I really never did stop and​ calculate exactly how many tons of​ moving metal could possibly be coming your​ way, if​ you​ know what I mean.

Merging onto a​ highway with flowing traffic can be a​ very dangerous maneuver, especially if​ you​ do not know what the meaning of​ a​ yield sign is, or​ what one looks like. The last time I looked in​ a​ defensive driving book, and​ I’m sure they are not out to​ trick us on​ any changes. it​ means yield for​ other traffic (give up to​ another and​ or​ give up to​ pressure.), or​ stop if​ necessary! So why do a​ lot of​ vehicle drivers assume that highway traffic has to​ let them in​ if​ they run out of​ roadway when they’re trying to​ merge on?

The key to​ safe driving is​ not to​ assume anything. The proper way to​ merge onto a​ highway should be a​ quickset plan. The path ahead of​ you​ should be clear and​ have a​ long enough roadway to​ allow you​ to​ get up to​ the speed of​ highway traffic. The following is​ a​ defensive driving procedure on​ merging into traffic safely.

When the highway traffic coming up along side your​ vehicle is​ behind you, put your​ signal on​ and​ quickly accelerate your​ vehicle up to​ the same speed if​ the path ahead of​ you​ is​ clear. The goal here is​ to​ get up to​ the same speed as​ traffic so they cannot catch you. if​ you’re doing the same speed as​ the traffic behind you, they can’t catch you​ unless they’re speeding and​ or​ your​ slowing down. if​ you​ think you​ cannot accelerate to​ their speed, ease off the gas pedal and​ let the vehicles go by, then quickly pick up speed again​ to​ stay ahead of​ the traffic coming up from the lane you​ want to​ merge into, if​ it​ is​ clear ahead of​ you.

When necessary, stop if​ you​ have to​ let all traffic go by and​ merge in​ only after the lane you​ want to​ merge into is​ clear. The vehicle traffic in​ the lane you​ want to​ merge into should not have to​ brake to​ let you​ in. Sometimes you​ will find a​ courteous driver easing back on​ the gas pedal to​ let you​ in. Quickly accelerate and​ move in, only if​ safe and​ clear ahead of​ your​ vehicle.

this​ maneuver should be practiced with a​ recognized driving school instructor, or​ an​ adult with a​ lot of​ driving experience. it​ is​ a​ very important part of​ defensive driving.




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