How to enter a highway without having an accident?

Entering a highway is always a delicate moment, if not dangerous! Each entry on these routes where the traffic is intense and fast is different, which is why it is difficult to issue simple advice and applicable in all circumstances.

Admittedly, there is a Highway Code that regulates this maneuver, but what matters is your ability to analyze the situation on the highway that you are going to take and your ability to insert yourself safely into this flow. The purpose of this article is to help you get back on a highway safely. We start with step 1.

Accelerate until you have the same speed as those on the highway
This is how we fit safely into the highway flow. This is also the reason for the insertion path, which is more often called the “acceleration” path! It is on this stretch of road that you must reach the desired speed.

  • Understand that if you drive at the same speed as the cars on the highway, you will be able to smoothly insert yourself into the flow. If you enter too slowly, you will see cars “tumbling” at full speed: this will be the insured accident!
  • While watching your mirrors and accelerating, watch for traffic. Depending on the latter, if there are a lot of cars, for example, you may have to wait a bit before accelerating.

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Put on your turn signal

Put it on early enough to warn others of your intention to enter the fast lane. Thus, they will be able to adapt their behavior. Crucial point: they have priority, not you! They don’t have to slow down or change lanes to let you in. Most often, they keep a constant speed and it is then up to you to adapt to their speed.

Locate a free interval in traffic

It is sometimes difficult if the traffic is intense. Look in front of you what distance you have left on the acceleration lane, look at the lane you are going to enter and finally look in the mirrors. If it’s all good, enter the highway. Always keep the speed of the cars driving on the lane you are going to take.

  • Look first in your interior mirror, then in your exterior mirror.
  • Check that there is no vehicle (traveling on the highway) in your blind spot, this area which is at your height, but slightly behind.
  • Be careful if the insertion path slows down or stops.