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Transcript of Section 11.3
By: Emilio Feregrino,
and Matt Calich
It is safer to drive in the right lane and to pass on the left lane.
It is best to leave the center and left lanes for drivers who are passing and for faster traffic
Large Trucks are required to travel in the right lane on many express ways.
Driving too slow is dangerous on expressways due to fast moving traffic. A minimum speed limit is posted to keep traffic from moving too slow.
Common speed is the speed used by most drivers. This allows you to blend in with traffic. This method is not always safe and should not be attempted if not comfortable.
Identify - volume of traffic around you, signs, signals, and roadway markers.
Predict - traffic flow and the possibility that a parked vehicle on the side of the road may pull onto expressway or back up.
1. Change lanes one lane at a time. Signal every lane change, whether or not other vehicles are present.
2. Check traffic in the outside and inside rear view mirror. Check the blind-spot area in the direction you want to move.
3. If your path is clear, accelerate gently and move to the next lane.
4. Cancel your signal after you have changed lanes.
Common Speed- The speed used by most drivers
Wolf Pack- Bunches of Vehicles
Blind Spots- Spots where that you can't see through the rear view mirrors.
Decide - make decisions fast due to the faster speed limits on expressways.
Execute - execute decisions smoothly, signal early, and maintain a safe following distance.
IPDE Process Cont.
Passing and Being Passed
Passing other vehicles on an express way is usually safer than passing on a two- lane highway.
Passing on the left is common on expressways. Passing on the right is permitted if a slower driver is in the left lane.
Maintain at least a 3-second following distance. Increase following distance at least 4 seconds when conditions are less than ideal.
Encourage tailgaters to pass you by reducing speed gradually. Do not reduce speed in heavy traffic.
Steps for Passing
1. Evaluate the zone you are entering.
2. Signal your lane change
3. check blind- spot area by glancing over your shoulder to the left or right if necessary.