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Do these things to safely change lanes on the highway

When you find yourself driving on the highway, there will be times when you have to change lanes. Even though you don't want to make this a habit, there's no way around it.

Changing lanes sounds simple enough until you look around and realize that you're not the only car on the road. Here are some tips you can follow to safely change lanes on the highway:

  • Wait until you have space: Don't attempt to force your vehicle into a tight space. It's best to wait until there is a large gap in traffic to make your move.
  • Always use your turn signal: This gives everyone around you an understanding of your intentions.
  • Use your mirrors: Your mirrors give you a clear view of the cars around you, your positioning and whether it's okay to make your move.
  • Check your blind spot: If you rely solely on your mirrors, you may not see another vehicle in your blind spot, thus resulting in an accident when you change lanes. A quick glance over your shoulder can protect against this.
  • Maintain your speed: You don't want to change lanes in front of another vehicle, just to abruptly slow down. Doing so could result in a rear-end accident at a high speed.

While you're driving safely in your lane, you may find that others are jumping all over the road. Keep an eye on these drivers and do your best to maintain a safe distance.

If another driver strikes your vehicle, perhaps when changing lanes, move to the shoulder of the road and call for help. Since the other person initiated the accident, you'll want to learn more about holding them responsible and protecting your legal rights.

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