One of the most common causes of road accidents is drivers changing lanes inappropriately. It is important to follow the proper lane-changing laws, rules, and regulations, even when the road is empty and you do not see vehicles around. Since you are expected to change lanes multiple times at any given drive, you must learn the proper ways to do so.
If you were injured in a car accident due to a lane-changing accident, you could sue the other driver for not following the rules of the road. By law, every driver with a license is supposed to follow traffic rules and make the road safer for others. To know more and speak to an attorney, click here.
Tips to change lanes safely and avoid a car accident
- Signal the lane change.
Not signaling to other drivers that you are about to change lanes is one of the most common and dangerous mistakes drivers make while changing lanes. It is also the reason behind most accidents occurring during lane changing. It is important to let other drivers know your intention of changing lanes so that they can prepare themselves and give you space to switch from one lane to the other.
- Check your mirrors.
Always check your mirrors for vehicles at the back before changing lanes. However, images in the mirror can often be distorted and confuse the human eye. Not properly understanding the amount of space one has around their vehicle on the road is the number one reason for accidents. If it is dark and a vehicle is coming from behind, ensure which lane they are in before changing lanes. Lastly, keep your mirrors clean and properly adjusted.
- Look over your shoulder to check the blind spot.
Even after you have checked your mirrors for approaching vehicles, there is still a spot behind your own vehicle that you cannot see– the blind spot. This spot can be occupied by a motorcycle or small car, and not checking over your shoulder can easily cause an accident. Smaller items, like bicycles, are even easier to miss. So make sure you do not miss the blind spots.
- Turn off your signals.
After successfully changing lanes safely, it is time to switch off your signal lights. Drivers often forget to turn off the indicator, which confuses the other drivers. The drivers at the back and driving alongside may be prepared and waiting for you to change the lane. This creates confusion and irritation.