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January 2020

Safe Lane Changes

 

Although changing lanes is a common occurrence while driving, a driver must stay vigilant to avoid a potential accident. The following are ways to prevent a lane change accident:

 

1. Be Careful of Blind Spots

 

By being aware that other vehicles may be in a blind spot, a driver can take the appropriate actions. To mitigate blind spots, a driver should have:  proper mirror positioning, frequent eye movement, lean and look to update his or her knowledge of the area, and create space around the vehicle.

 
2. Find the Proper Lane 
 

The easiest way to eliminate lane change accidents is to avoid unnecessary lane changes. By selecting the proper lane, it eliminates forced lane changes. A driver can find the proper lane by choosing the lane with the least amount of obstruction and least likely to introduce new hazards. A driver should also be driving defensively by looking ahead to identify potential hazards.

 
3. Follow Lane Change Procedure 
 

When a driver has determined that a lane change is necessary, he or she must follow proper lane change procedure. This includes signaling early, checking your mirrors, leaning and looking over your shoulder to check blind spots, and cancelling the signal after the lane change is complete.

 
4. Stay Alert

 
A driver should be most alert during the following times:

 

  • Dawn and dusk

  • Heavy traffic

  • While making right hand lane changes

  • When no one is around

  • When complacency sets in

  • If there are distractions that take your attention away from traffic

Safety First is a monthly newsletter published for the City of High Point Transit System employees that focuses on workplace safety issues.

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