Monday, 8 April 2013

Changing lanes

 

Last month, the government announced a green paper on younger drivers would be published this summer. Finally, an opportunity to redress the need for more guidance and training for younger drivers, early in their driving careers. After all, this is when drivers are most at risk. The key is getting as much experience as possible in the first few years of your driving career.

 

One of the biggest fears for most new drivers is the unsupervised drive on the motorway. The high speeds can be daunting and the idea of merging on to a motorway can absolutely terrify you to begin with. Don't forget, motorways are in fact our safest roads.

 

The key is to look ahead. By looking ahead, you can anticipate the actions of other drivers and take action accordingly.

 

Make sure you use all of your mirrors regularly, as well as before making any manoeuvre or lane change.

 

Signal early to give other road users time to react – many will be happy to let you out if given enough warning.

 

Change lanes gradually. Don't expect or force other drivers to move out of your way. This will only make it more difficult for you and other road users to progress.

 

Don't compromise your safe following distance when changing lanes. Always look out for other cars aiming to move into the same space as you from another lane.

 

Never get in the way of other vehicles unnecessarily. Always try and stay on the left hand side of faster moving traffic.

 

Read the overhead gantry signs – they give useful information and can help you decide which lane to use.

 

Keep an eye on your mirrors and keep a 360 degree awareness of the traffic around you to make changing lanes easier, but always double check before making the manoeuvre

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