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because they have problems with their vehicle.

 


Emergency stopping lanes border the lanes 
of travel on a primary highway.

 
Do not drive in the emergency
stopping lane of a highway. Do not pass
or assist another vehicle to pass you by
using this lane.

Entering and exiting
a major roadway

Merging

Merging is
done when two
roadways join
into one and the
traffic on the main
roadway must
cooperate to allow
enough space for vehicles to enter
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  
 

speed of the road onto which you are
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 
to enter.

CHAPTER FIVE                                                                                                 HIGHWAYS AND FREEWAYS  71

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