How To Merge Into Traffic

How to Merge into Traffic

  1. First, identify a gap between cars on the freeway where you can merge.
  2. Then, continue increasing your speed until you reach the gap you selected.
  3. Once on the freeway, adjust your speed to keep a cushion of space around your car.
  4. Finally, once you’ve merged and adjusted your speed you probably will change lanes at some point.
  5. Look around you for a large enough space to move into.
  6. Use your mirrors. Turn your head to look quickly to the side before changing lanes. Then make your lane change.

It can be a high anxiety situation, you’re trying to enter the freeway, cars on the freeway are whizzing by and you’re trying to keep an eye on the cars in front of you. Drivers in the cars behind you are eager for a chance to merge. It can be chaotic and you’re the one at the gate.

A merge is one of the highest risk maneuvers that you do as a driver. As a driver you have to pay attention to things happening in front of you, the things happening behind you, and the things happening two lanes to the left or two lanes to the right. This complicates things because as human beings we can really pay strict attention to only one thing at a time. The bottom line is that you have to prepare for a merge.

To prepare for a merge well before you’re actually ready to merge, identify a gap between cars on the freeway where you can merge. Then, continue increasing your speed until you reach the gap you selected. Instead of increasing speed, drivers have a tendency to actually slow down before merging which is a big mistake. More crashes actually happen during merging than during passing.

Once on the freeway, adjust your speed to keep a cushion of space around your car. The closer you get to cars around you, the more they drive you rather than you driving yourself. Finally, once you’ve merged and adjusted your speed you probably will change lanes at some point. Look around you for a large enough space to move into. Use your mirrors. Turn your head to look quickly to the side before changing lanes. Then make your lane change.


Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 81047 ratings and reviews.

Mike TX, United States
Easy to do
David TX, United States
Video options save a lot of time
Caleb
Over all it’s been very easy to deal with. So thanks
Fernando
sign up process is quick and simple!
Erica
Easy so far. I like the options
James
Easy and fast to sign up for.
hunter
easy set up
Octavio TX, United States
I enjoyed the intuitive ease of use.
Brooke
Easy to use
Laura
Simple and convenient.
Maria
user friendly
James
Easy website use
CLAIRE
Quick and to the point!
jaiden
quick and easy
Derek TX, United States
simple and fast
Aaron TX, United States
Two thumbs up!!!
Hope United States
Easy process
Jere
Great
Lindsay
easy and self explanatory
Francisco
best price
Garrett
Clear and simple explanations of the differences between the video and text course. Quick and straightforward registration and payment process.
Crystal
Very clear and easy to follow
Allyson
Quick and easy registration
James
quick
Nicholas
Awesome!
Ty
Very Easy to Register
John United States
It's a good resource
Haley TX, United States
It was simple, and easy to get my ticket from going on my record!
Bonnita United States
Great website
Baylee TX, United States
It's easy and self-explanatory
Timothy
Very Good!!
stephen
Easy to find and to work with. Site is very good.
Amanda
Easy to use
johnny
very professional
Allen
easy and fast
Michelle
Wonderful course
Baleigh TX, United States
very quick and easy to start the process and love the fact that you can complete at anytime on a desktop, or mobile device.
Rolando
really fast and smooth. love it
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course