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Old 08-04-2020, 12:47 PM
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freeway with two or more lanes going in each direction, if you want to change lanes, do you:
a) Look to see if there is a space to move over, and if so, turn on your blinker to signal that you are changing lanes.

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b) Turn on your signal first, then check visually, and wait till a space shows up.

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Old 08-04-2020, 12:59 PM
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Both... check for an opening, turn on your signal, then check again and wait til it's clear. If you don't check again, someone else may have started changing lanes or a speeder may have popped up. Assume there are people around you who don't follow the rules of the road.
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Old 08-04-2020, 01:25 PM
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It depends on the amount of traffic. If there is a lot I turn on the signal and hope someone will let me in front of them.

If traffic is light and I see I can go then I turn on my signal.

Driving a 32ft rv while towing can be a challenge. We have found most of the country to be very helpful and kind. But the Baltimore area is the WORST! If they see a turn signal they speed up and cut us off. We’ve gone through Baltimore a lot and it happens every time.
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Old 08-04-2020, 01:33 PM
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Depends on traffic.
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Old 08-04-2020, 02:21 PM
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I guess I'll have to see the next time I drive, but I think I look, then turn on my signal, then look again to be sure.

But, it's so automatic, I guess I'm not really sure what I do.

Sometimes I will have my blinker on even if I can't over if I need to get over and someone won't let me. We have a crazy freeway in our area and people never let you over and sometimes, you absolutely need to get over.


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Old 08-04-2020, 02:53 PM
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I look then turn on my blinker. I don't do a lot of driving where I can't usually changes lanes anytime I want. I drive a 4 lane in the am and pm going home from school but usually I have no problems changing lanes than either.
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Old 08-04-2020, 02:53 PM
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Turn signal on first. Lots of freeways. Always heavy traffic. Never open space.
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Old 08-04-2020, 03:34 PM
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I live in not a busy area now so I always look and then put on my signal but when I lived in Northern Virginia, I always put on my signal first because traffic was so heavy I knew I would have to wait.
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Old 08-04-2020, 03:55 PM
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There's too much of a time lapse between looking and then turning on the blinker. I signal and begin looking. The blinker informs other drivers I am wanting to move over so they can then respond. Looking with the signal on seems more efficient and safe.
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Old 08-04-2020, 03:58 PM
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Blinker first.


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Old 08-04-2020, 04:29 PM
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A - I always look first before I put on my blinker. It worries me when someone puts on their blinker and I'm pulling up beside them. I question whether they see me or not so I end up speeding up to get past them. However, I look, blinker, look again. If the traffic is especially heavy (big city), I still look first but then put on my blinker and wait for time (or a really nice person) to move over.
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Old 08-04-2020, 06:08 PM
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Look, blinker, look again.
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Old 08-04-2020, 06:31 PM
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Look first, move over, maybe turn on my blinker for a second while I'm moving. I lived in Southern California for too long. If you turn on your blinker everyone speeds up so you can't get over.
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Old 08-04-2020, 06:36 PM
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Depends on density and flow of traffic.
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Old 08-04-2020, 08:15 PM
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Usually I look first, then put the turn signal on if there's space. If it was heavy traffic, and I was hoping someone would let me in, then I'd put the blinker on first. One thing I love on my new car is it has a blind spot sensor. It shows a red triangle in the side mirror if anyone is your blind spot and an alarm goes off if you try to change lanes when someone is in your blind spot. It's probably my favorite feature of all the bells and whistles on it.
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Old 08-05-2020, 12:53 AM
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It does depend on traffic. I usually look first and then blinker.
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If you live in New York
Old 08-05-2020, 06:23 AM
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never put on your blinker. If you do, that signals the person in the other lane to speed up and close the gap so you can't get over.
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Thanks for the responses.
Old 08-05-2020, 07:28 AM
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I asked because my sweetie tends to wait until he already has room to change lanes before he turns on the blinker. He is not used to driving in heavy traffic on freeways. We were on the I-81 in New York, which is never that awful.

Having spent so much time driving in L.A. traffic, I always turn on my blinker in order to give people the opportunity to be nice and let me over. Usually, it works.

I had never noticed that he did it differently from me. Of course, my way is right. . He is used to just jamming down country and county roads, where he never has to change lanes.

And yes, someone did take the opportunity to cross three lanes at one point to hit an exit on the fly. I always hate when people do that.
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Old 08-06-2020, 05:05 PM
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I had to think about it but I would say most of the time, B.

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