Tips for Sharing the Road with Other Drivers

Author: Kelly Larsen

 

Although many people like to think the road belongs to them when they’re driving, the fact is we all must share it. That means that we all need to be responsible and courteous when we’re behind the wheel. With so many different kinds of vehicles out there, there are a lot of rules to remember. Read on for a refresher on road etiquette, so you’re prepared for anything.

Motorcycles

Sharing the road with motorcyclists can be frustrating for drivers because motorcycle riders are able to maneuver much more quickly, and therefore often seem to “sneak up” on drivers. When there are motorcycles around:

  • Be extra cautious with your blind spots. Before you change from one lane to another, check both your mirror and over your shoulder, and once again before you move over. Motorcycles are frequently splitting lanes and moving rapidly, and can zip up to your car faster than you realize.
  • Some motorcycles do not have turn signals, so it’s important that you be alert and watch for signs that a motorcyclist intends to change lanes.
  • If there is a motorcycle, or moped in front of you, leave plenty of space between it and your car.

Emergency Vehicles

Failure to properly comply with laws regarding emergency vehicles can lead to serious consequences. Be sure you always remember the following:

  • Yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles that approach from any direction when they are flashing warning lights/sounding their sirens.
    • This means pulling over to the edge of the roadway and stopping.
    • Remain stopped until the emergency vehicle passes.
  • When you are behind an emergency vehicle, keep at least 500 feet between your car and the emergency vehicle in front of you.
  • Do not pass a moving emergency vehicle that is flashing warning lights unless you are directed to do so by the emergency vehicle driver or a law enforcement officer.

Commercial Vehicles

Because commercial vehicles are much larger, you need to exercise caution when driving alongside them.

  • Avoid driving in the blind spots of commercial vehicles. The more you linger in these areas, the higher your chance of being involved in a crash. You should assume that if you are not able to see the commercial driver in the truck’s side mirror, then the driver can’t see you.
  • Always be cautious when passing large trucks or buses. Because they often can’t see you, you must allow plenty of time and distance to pass.
  • Commercial vehicles may be unable to move over when merging onto the freeway, so do your best to match the flow of traffic before getting over.

 

If we all follow these tips, the road will be a much safer place—and that benefits everyone.

 

 

About the Author:

Kelly Larsen is a copywriter for I Drive Safely, the nation’s number one provider of online traffic school and driver’s education. With over 15 years’ experience in the field of safe driving, I Drive Safely has provided exceptional online courses to millions of new drivers, drivers looking to handle a traffic ticket and clear their diving record, and drivers looking to save money on auto insurance. To find out more or sign up, please visit http://www.idrivesafely.com/.

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