When you are driving, it is crucial to be consistently scanning the roads for hazards. First, look far ahead. Next, look closer to yourself and your own vehicle. Thirdly, check your rear-view mirror to see who is behind you. Check your left and right mirrors, and finally, your gauges. Repeat.
At first, this will seem uncomfortable or difficult. However, with practice, scanning will become second nature to you.
Look for, and stay aware of: lane changes, changing road conditions, signs, warnings, other vehicles, pedestrians, and anything else that could be of importance.
Divide the road into sections. As you are scanning the road – ask yourself: can I move my vehicle into section 2 without danger? What do I need to do in order to safely change lanes?
When you have properly evaluated the situation, go ahead and adjust your driving accordingly.
Before you enter into an intersection, always check for oncoming traffic, or any other potential hazards.
If you are waiting at a red light, which has changed to green – count to three before proceeding into the intersection. This will protect you from drivers who do not stop for the red light.
When turning right, watch for the pedestrians at any crosswalks. When turning left, you may need to wait in the intersection for the light to turn yellow, before traffic allows you to proceed.
Right Lane Squeeze
Trucks, busses, and other large vehicles often move left when attempting to make a right turn. This ensures that they will not go over the curb.
Be sure to check the signals on any vehicle before moving into the lane beside it. You could be caught in the “right lane squeeze”, which could cause damage to your vehicle.
Leave the space beside the vehicle open, and proceed after it has completed the turn.
Shared Left-Turn Lanes
People often describe a “shared left turn lane” as a center turn lane.
In these situations, the center lane is used to turn left for vehicles traveling in both directions.
Since vehicles can enter this lane from both directions, you must always scan traffic carefully before entering this lane.
Once you are comfortable to proceed with safety – signal and enter the center lane.
A roundabout intersection is a traffic circle with only once lane of traffic moving around the centre.
In order to enter a roundabout, slow down and yield to the vehicles currently driving in the roundabout.
When there is a space for you to enter, signal and proceed with caution.