Lane selection and
position in your lane
Most major roadways and highways are
divided into lanes with lines on the road
surface to indicate where your vehicle
should travel and the rules of lane driving
that you should follow. Choose the lane
that best meets your needs for safety and
getting to your destination. Plan ahead.
Do not leave lane changes to the last
When a roadway has been divided into
lanes by visible marking lines on the road
surface, you should drive in the centre of
Your inside and outside rear view mirrors
will show you the traffic that is behind
your vehicle. They will not show you
everything to the sides or what is right
beside and slightly behind you in the lane
next to you. These are the blind spots.
Using the inside rear view mirror, the driver of
vehicle A can see vehicle B.
Using the left outside mirror, the driver of
vehicle A can see vehicle C.
The view you see in your inside rear
view mirror should show as much of
the view through your rear window as
possible. The outside rear view mirrors
should show you a little of your vehicle
on the side where the mirror is attached,
as well as the area behind you in the lane
next to you. They should be positioned
to allow you to see, from your driving
position, the horizon in the middle of your
mirror behind you. Be sure your inside
and outside rear view mirrors are adjusted
properly to minimize blind spots.
The following pictures show what can
be seen in properly adjusted mirrors.
Using both outside mirrors and inside rear
view mirror, the driver of vehicle A can see
vehicles B, C and D. The driver of vehicle
A cannot see vehicles E and F, either in the
mirrors or through peripheral (side) vision.
Vehicles E and F are in vehicle A’s blind spots.
The red shading shows the blind spots for