Unsafe lane changes are one of the major contributors to car accidents in the U.S., primarily because drivers fail to detect the presence of a vehicle in an adjacent lane, causing a collision.
To help you improve your safe driving techniques, here are some tips to follow when you are changing lanes.
Always Check Both Mirrors To Prevent Car Accidents When Changing Lanes
It’s natural for drivers to check their side mirrors before changing lanes, but you should also check your rearview mirror to help prevent car accidents.
Glancing at your rearview mirror gives you a comprehensive view of the cars behind you, especially the car or cars that you could hit when you change lanes.
Make sure you can see the front of the vehicle directly behind you in the adjacent lane before you attempt making the lane change. This provides you with sufficient time to change lanes without impeding that vehicle’s forward progress.
Always Signal Your Intent To Change Lanes
After checking all mirrors, make sure you signal your intent to change lanes.
Many people simply veer their car into the adjacent lane without signaling, which can cause the driver of the car in the adjacent lane to overreact.
That type of overreaction can lead to car accidents , so it is always best to give drivers the signal that you are preparing to change lanes.
Always Perform a Shoulder Check
Before making a lane change, it is vital that you move your head past your shoulders to check out the traffic behind and to the side of your vehicle.
This is known as a shoulder check, and it provides you with a complete view of traffic, including the dreaded blind spot beyond the vantage point of your mirrors.
Drivers who fail to perform a shoulder check often miss their blind spots, which can lead to a lane-change collision.
Protect Your Rights After a Car Accident
The sad truth is that while you may implement these safe lane change tips to improve your driving, many others may not. And that can lead to an accident caused by an unsafe lane change, which can result in serious injuries and bring your life to a screeching halt.
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