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Safely Merge onto South Carolina Highways

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Aug 11, 2015 in Auto Accidents

merging onto a highwayCongestion, high speeds, unpredictability of drivers and potential road hazards are just a few of the things drivers have to worry about when traveling on the highway. Merging onto a highway can also pose a serious risks for drivers.

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When merging onto a busy highway, there are many things that require a driver's attention. A few of the most important things to remember are:

  • Accelerate so that you match the speed of flow of the rest of traffic
  • Always yield to other vehicles already on the road
  • Avoid stopping unless it is absolutely necessary
  • Wait for the solid line to end before beginning to merge
  • Cross one lane of traffic at a time

It is easy for a driver to get caught up in watching one particular vehicle on the road where they want to merge. However, drivers must be aware of the surrounding cars. 

Often, when a driver is trying to merge at the same time behind another car, they will pay more attention to the lane they are trying to merge into than the car in front of them. If that car brakes suddenly, the driver will not have time to react and will most likely rear-end that vehicle.

Additionally, as with driving anywhere, you should never assume that another driver sees you. It is recommended to warn drivers of your plans to turn or change lanes as early as possible, at least 100 to 300 feet before making any changes.

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