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1. Entry speed : Probably the most common mistake made by novice drivers when entering a highway; adapting to the speed of traffic. And in most cases, that means going too slow when the traffic is at full speed. So how fast do we enter? It depends on the speed of traffic. During rush hour, it can almost come to a complete stop, and at normal hours, usually traffic is at full speed. So how do we adapt our speed? Simple, it’s a visual thing. We look at the speed of the vehicles on the highway, but we must not do it at the last moment just before entering. We look from far, then we look again just before merging.
Even on elevated highways such as this one, where the concrete wall is blocking our view, we can get an idea of the speed by looking at the trucks. From far, like this, then from a bit closer just before merging. Then, when possible, we change lanes to the left, because most of the time the merging lane will end. In most cases, this is indicated by arrows like this one, and a panel indicating the end of the right lane.
2. Don’t live on the edges : If you’re driving on a highway where there’s three or more lanes, you shouldn’t stay in the far right or far left lane. If possible, change to one of the middle lanes. If there are just two lanes, you should drive on the right. On the highway, the left lane is reserved for overtaking and for the rare times when there is an exit on the left. It’s also the fast lane. So even if we’re not supposed to stay on it, some people do, to drive at higher speeds. And since the right lane is the entry lane, we want to free it up it as much as possible to make it easier for those who are entering. Which brings us to the next tip.
3. Solid lines : At highway entrances, there’s almost always a full line on the side of the vehicles that are already on the highway, which means that vehicles on the right lane, meaning those who enter, may change lane to the left, but the vehicles in the left lane can’t change lanes right, so that they don’t block the ones who are entering. At exits, there are also solid lines to prevent people from changing lanes at the last second, which could be dangerous. So, pay attention to lines when nearing entries and exits.
4. Signs : The red and blue icon indicates the highway number, 520 in this case, and the orange shape indicates the number and direction of the exit. To the right, we have the distance from here to the exit.
The arrows below the panel indicate the lanes in which we have to be in order to follow in the direction of those places. A yellow bar that covers the bottom of the panel indicates that the lane pointed to by the arrow is reserved for exiting the highway. So in this case, if we don’t want to exit, we have to change lanes. When approaching a tunnel, you will almost always see this panel, or this panel in the United States, which means it is forbidden to enter the tunnel when transporting hazardous materials. Another reason not to follow trucks too close; we won’t be able to see the panels.
5. Exits : Another thing you should be careful of when exiting a highway; speed. And mainly for two reasons;
a. One : Often, highway exits are very sharp turns, and because novice drivers tend to look in front when turning and not at the turn itself, there is the risk of going too wide. So make sure you don’t look in front when turning, but at the turn itself.
b. And two : In almost all cases when exiting a highway, the speed decreases, sometimes significantly. And when you’ve been driving at 60 miles an hour for a certain amount of time, it becomes difficult to adjust to a lower speed. For that reason, highway exits and service roads are often used for the enforcement of speed limits. These signs indicate the maximum speed limit in the zone you’re approaching.
Note: While I try to make my videos as universal as possible, rules and laws may vary according to the place where you’re driving and might be different from the ones in this video. Always drive according to the laws and rules that apply to the place where you are driving. Requirements at the driving exam may also be different than the ones shown here. Always respect the requirements that apply to the place where you are passing your driving exam. This video is not meant to replace your official driving courses.