Fleet Safety Tips: Lane Changes

Mar 04, 2010

Automotive Fleet has more Fleet Safety Tips up this week, this time regarding the proper way to change lanes.  While some of these tips may seem like common sense, it is important to counteract any bad habits drivers may have gained over the years.  Pass these along to your drivers as a friendly reminder!

  • Make sure (by glancing in your rearview and side view mirrors,) that no one is preparing to pass you. Give a proper turn signal showing your intentions. 
  • Glance over your shoulder to check for traffic near the left or right rear corners of your vehicle. These areas are called “blind spots” because you cannot see them through your mirrors. 
  • Look in your left side view mirror when you are preparing to change lanes or pull onto the roadway. This will allow you to keep an eye on traffic behind and ahead of you at the same time. Check over your left shoulder just before you change lanes. To avoid a collision on a multi-lane road, check the other lanes to see if another driver plans to move into the same spot you do. 
  • Avoid slowing down suddenly. If you are forced to slow quickly, check behind you to see if other drivers are following close to you. By doing this, you may prevent a rear-end collision.