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8. Rules of the Road

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4. Lanes

It is important to:

  • choose a lane which is appropriate for what you intend to do next (turn, park, and so forth)
  • choose the lane which is least congested unless you plan to turn or stop
  • When driving on roadways of two or more lanes of traffic moving in the same direction stay as close as possible to the middle of the lane. Change lanes only when there is sufficient space between vehicles to safely merge into traffic in the next lane by allowing at least a 4 second gap .

    Never drive in the blind spot of another vehicle as they may not see you and change lanes into you. Change lanes one at a time keeping with the flow of traffic so as not to tie up traffic and possibly cause an accident.

    When changing lanes it is important to use mirrors, turn signals, and turn head quickly to the side to check blind spots. When changing lanes you should check blind spots by turning your head and looking in the lane you want to enter, using your rear-view mirror to check for vehicles directly behind you that may be starting to pass you, and checking the speed of persons ahead and behind in the lane you want to enter to be sure you have time and space to complete the lane change.

    Although not illegal, it is not wise to change lanes in an intersection.

    When changing lanes, or turning, or making ANY lateral movement of the car, use the SMOG technique:

  • S Signal (your intention to move)
  • M Mirror (check both, rear and side view mirrors for traffic to the rear)
  • O Over-the-shoulder check (for traffic to the side and slightly behind)
  • G Go (make your lateral movement)
  • Accelerate slightly as you change lanes. Remember, since you are moving sideways, you are moving slower than the rest of the traffic.

    Lesson Summary


      

    Lesson 8 Quiz


    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

    1. The minimum speed limit in California is:


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    2. A right-turn-on-red can be made, at a red arrow:


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    3. You must use your turn signal


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    4. Entering an intersection before you can safely cross through it, and blocking it:


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    5. In California, changing lanes in the middle of an intersection:


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