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Do you follow these tips for safer merging on the highway?

Highway driving takes a high level of skill, as you're always in proximity to fast-moving vehicles. Merging onto the highway is easier said than done, especially when you consider that established vehicles might not be willing to help you out.

Here are five tips for safer merging:

  • Adjust your speed at the right time: As you approach traffic, do your best to get your vehicle up to speed so that you can seamlessly move into the flow.
  • Avoid stopping: A common mistake, stopping before you merge into traffic, will make things more difficult. Doing this requires you to merge from a standstill, making it a challenge to quickly get up to speed.
  • Use your turn signal: This gives others a clear idea that you're moving your vehicle into the flow of traffic.
  • Cross into one lane of traffic at a time: Don't attempt to merge across several lanes in one move, as this increases the risk of an accident. Establish yourself in the first lane and then go from there.
  • Use your mirrors: As you approach the merge point, use your mirrors to understand where other vehicles are in proximity to yours. Then, before you make your move, check over your shoulder to ensure it's safe to do so.

It doesn't matter if you're the one doing the merging or are already established in traffic, you need to take special caution at on-ramps.

If you're part of a highway accident, move to the shoulder of the road and call for help. The responding officer can file a police report based on their findings, while you receive medical treatment. From there, contact your insurance company and seek ways to hold the negligent driver responsible for their actions.

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