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"Essential Road Safety Tips for Everyday Drivers"

Updated: Apr 6

Summer cruise on a summer day - TNB
Summer cruise on a summer day - TNB


Driving the roads every day can be a rewarding experience. You get to explore different places, discover hidden gems, and even meet new and unique people. However, navigating the roads correctly is crucial to reaching your destination safely. Here are some essential tips to keep you on top of your game:

1.    Accelerate Smoothly onto Highways:

a.     When merging onto the highway, match your speed to that of the cars already traveling on the freeway.

b.    Remember that vehicles on the freeway have the right of way and aren’t obligated to let you in.

c.     Use the on ramp as an opportunity to reach the appropriate speed. Highways across the country vary in their flow, so adjust accordingly.

d.    Waiting until you’re already on the highway to speed up can lead to risky situations. The on ramp is designed for acceleration, so take advantage of its length and slope to gain speed and transition smoothly onto the freeway.

As you approach the freeway entrance, pay close attention to the traffic around you. Follow these steps to merge safely:

2.    Check Your Surroundings:

a.     Give a quick over-the-shoulder glance or use your side mirrors to assess the lane you want to merge into.

b.    Look for cars or trucks that may already be in that lane.

c.     Judge whether your speed is sufficient to merge smoothly onto the highway.

3.    Accelerate Appropriately:

a.     Even while accelerating down the ramp, your car may still be slower than the merging traffic.

b.    Use your mirrors to gauge this speed difference.

c.     Allow one or two cars to pass until your speed matches that of the freeway traffic.

4.    Avoid Forcing Your Way In:

a.     Only attempt to merge if necessary.

b.    If you’re running out of lane, use caution.

c.     Usually, considerate drivers will notice and allow you to merge.

d.    However, don’t assume someone is obligated to let you in—be prepared for any situation.

5.    Lane Numbering:

a.     The number 1 lane is the closest to the center divider (median).

b.    Traditionally, it’s reserved for motorists traveling at higher speeds, whether they’re speeding or not.

c.     The number 2 lane is slightly slower than the number 1 lane.

d.    Subsequent lanes (number 3, 4, and so on) progressively move slower.

6.    Truck Restrictions:

a.     Depending on the number of lanes, semi-trucks and heavy-duty trucks with multiple axles have specific lane restrictions:

          i.     Number 1 lane: Never allowed unless it’s an emergency.

          ii.     Number 2 lane: Allowed only if the highway has three lanes.

b.    These rules are crucial for maintaining traffic flow and safety.

7.    Driving Etiquette:

a.     Utilize the faster lanes (closest to the center divider) for their intended purpose.

b.    If you’re not driving at a faster pace, move to the right lanes.

c.     If a vehicle to your right is passing you, merge into a slower lane.

d.    Remember, even if you’re already slightly over the speed limit, don’t obstruct faster traffic.

Be considerate and let them pass. You’ll appreciate the same courtesy someday when your time is important.

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