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!
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.
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.