Urban, Suburban, and Rural Roadways Cont'd

YOU must keep certain key things in mind when you are driving on these roadways. By observing all traffic laws and local rules, you will be assured to arrive at your destination reasonably safe and stress-free. Follow these tips:

  • Stay within the posted speed limit.
  • Look at least two or three blocks, two traffic lights, or a freeway exit ahead.
  • Use the SEEiT system for monitoring your surroundings.
  • Watch for situations in which you are boxed in, or your line-of-sight is obstructed.
  • Keep as much space as possible from oncoming vehicles.
  • Try to avoid driving directly next to another vehicle.
  • Be alert for areas where sudden stops may occur.
  • Stay in the right lane if it makes sense to join the slower traffic.
  • Observe signs, signals, and pavement markings.
  • Drive in the correct lane as indicated by pavement arrows or overhead signage.
  • Take action if driver in oncoming lane crosses center line.

You should always seek to lower your risk when you are undertaking a complex set of tasks such as driving a vehicle. For example, you should:

  • Increase distance or space cushion between yourself and other cars.
  • Search ahead, to the sides, and to the rear.
  • Change lane position to the right or left (lane position 4 or 5).
  • Slow down as you approach heavier traffic in particular.
  • Slow down as you approach intersections and do not block intersections.
  • Select lane to drive in with fewest number of hazards.

Remember, be alert to unexpected changes and special situations such as:

  • Two-way streets turning into one-ways
  • Narrow streets with parked cars on either side
  • Blocked intersections
  • Emergency vehicles traveling down wrong way streets
  • Unexpected situations on crowded streets
  • Pedestrians, skateboarders, moped riders, and bicyclists
  • Public transportation
  • Homeless people
  • Large public events, such as protests or marathons
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