Manage the Merge

Master the Merge | Manual Arts High School (CA), 2020 Winners

Managing the merge can be a tricky task, but following the tips below can help you teach your young driver to do so safely!


Adult Tips:

  • Remind your teen to plan for an exit as early as possible.

  • Turn signals are vital when it comes to merging. Make sure that you and your teen are both using turn signals when needed.

  • While in the deceleration lane, before you are committed to the exit ramp, apply the brake to feel its effect. If there is a problem, you can stay on the highway.

  • When on the ramp, drive at a slower speed to create more time to find a suitable gap to merge into.


Teen Tips:

  • Adjust your speed to match the flow of traffic before entering the roadway.

  • Yield to drivers on the freeway.

  • Find a 3 to 4-second gap in traffic.

  • Check for cars around your vehicle before entering a lane.

  • Use your turn signals early.

  • Wait for the solid line to end before merging.

  • Cross one lane of traffic at a time.

  • Be prepared for your exit, maneuver into the far-right lane as you approach it.

  • Keep up with the speed of traffic until you exit.

  • If you must pass a vehicle, pass on the left and return to your lane once the vehicle is visible in your rearview mirror.


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