The Way It Is

Crossing Lanes

Crossing Lanes

Crossing lanes is a movement from one lane to another on life’s roads with two or more lanes in the same direction. You may have to cross lanes to overtake someone else, to avoid someone who is staying in one place or when someone ahead slows to turn at an intersection.

Never cross lanes without adequately looking to make sure the move can be made safely.

Here are the steps for crossing lanes:

          1. Be on the lookout for a space in traffic where you can enter safely.

          2. Check your blind spot by looking over your shoulder in the direction of the lane crossing.

          3. Check again to make sure the way is clear and that no one is coming too fast from behind or from two lanes over on a multi-lane road.

          4. Steer gradually into the new lane. Do not slow down – maintain the same speed or gently increase it.

Never make sudden lane crossings by cutting in front of others. Others expect you to stay in the lane you are already in. In this world, they’ll eagerly make you sorry for drawing adverse attention to yourself.

Avoid unnecessary lane crossings or weaving from lane to lane. You are more likely to cause a collision, especially in heavy traffic or bad weather. Don’t change lanes in or near an intersection. Advancing is important but always remember that spending a short time behind someone else is often safer than going around them.

– Inspired by the Driver’s Handbook of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

11 thoughts on “The Way It Is

  1. And it’s important not to look into the jacket’s hood! A friend did it and was run over by a swinging bus. Luckily the bus had no speed, so she fell but was not run over. Happy ending as we laughed a lot, afterwards. 🙂

  2. I had to laugh a little when reading you steps for crossing lanes. The photo is great, showing a woman crossing a complete empty street. I like the high vantage point and the fact that you have captured her almost in the middle of one of the lanes. Very nice.

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