Merging and Exiting in Traffic
Merging and Exiting in Traffic
Merging and Exiting: 

Highway traffic has the right-of-way. For more information, see Right-of-Way Rules: Who Goes First in Section 7. When you enter a highway, you will need to:
  • Be in the proper lane on the on-ramp.
  • Be at or near the speed of traffic.
  • Merge into highway traffic when safe to do so. Do not stop unless absolutely necessary.
  • Merge into a space large enough for your vehicle to safely join the lane.
  • Use your mirrors and turn signals.
  • Turn your head quickly to look over your shoulder before changing lanes or merging into traffic.
  • Make sure you can stop safely by leaving three seconds of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Do not cross over any solid lines when merging. If you need to cross several lanes, signal and cross them one at a time. Check your blind spots for vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians each time.

To exit a highway safely:
  • Know your exit and be aware of when it is approaching.
  • If you plan to change lanes, do so one at a time. Signal and look over your shoulder to check your blind spots.
  • When in the proper lane, signal five seconds (approximately 400 feet) before you exit.
  • Make sure you are at a safe speed to exit.
  • Do not cross over any solid lines when exiting.