because they have problems with their vehicle.
Entering and exiting
done when two
into one and the
traffic on the main
cooperate to allow
from the merging lane. Neither the merging
vehicle nor the vehicles already
on the highway have the right-of-
way. Merging is a shared responsibility
between the vehicles joining the roadway
and the vehicles already on the roadway.
Avoid reducing your speed
abruptly or stopping when merging.
This merging lane is designed to allow you
to bring your vehicle to the posted
merging. The drivers behind you are
expecting you to continue moving
ahead. If you slow or stop, your
vehicle may be hit from behind.
Here are some tips on merging safely:
• Merging requires that you plan and
time your approach to blend smoothly
with traffic, without stopping or
abruptly reducing your speed.
• Check the traffic flow on the highway
as soon as you can see the lane
where you will be merging.
• Choose your gap in the traffic, and
begin adjusting your speed, if required.
Keep glancing at the gap you chose to
ensure you are making the speed and
timing adjustments necessary to safely
merge without affecting traffic.
• Use your signal light before or when
you are on the acceleration lane.
• Accelerate to the speed of the traffic
on the main road.
• Keep shoulder checking to view the
gap and look in your rear view mirror
for vehicles following you.
• When it is safe and legal, move into
the gap after you are past the solid
white line of the acceleration lane.
Maintain your speed at or near the
speed of the other vehicles.
• Ensure your signal light is turned off.
If you are on the main roadway, and
traffic is merging, move left to the next
lane if it is safe. This leaves the right
travel lane clear for the merging vehicles
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