K53 Procedure For Changing Lanes | K53 Blog

To help you remember the correct sequence for changing lanes (and also for turning), here is an explanation that includes the reasons for each step in the process. In practice, this would all take place in a matter of seconds, if there are no vehicles behind you. This is also what is required for safe driving and a reduction in road collisions and crashes.
Changing Lanes

  • Before changing lanes, the driver must signal his intention to do so.
  • However, before signalling, one must first check in the mirrors and both blind spots to see if it will be safe to change lanes. Reason? If you were to signal first and then check in the mirrors and blind spots, and see that it is not safe to change lanes, your signal can confuse other road users. You’d be signalling but not doing what your signal indicates. You first need to check that it is safe to signal and to change lanes before actually signalling.
  • So the procedure is: First check in the mirrors and blind spots before signalling to change lanes.
  • If you then see that it is safe to change lanes, you signal your intention, but you don’t immediately change lanes. Why not? Because a fast-moving vehicle may have come up behind you, making it no longer safe to move across into the next lane.
  • Therefore, before actually moving across, and with your indicator still going, you do one final extra check in the blind spot on the side to which you will be moving, just to make absolutely sure that it is STILL safe to change. If it is still safe, you steer across into the next lane, and then cancel the signal.
  • If you intend moving into yet another lane, repeat this full sequence again.

That’s the knowledge to help you answer questions in the learner’s licence test. In the practical driving test, the candidate must also demonstrate this correct procedure when about to change lanes.

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