A Friendly Truth Mogul Safety Nugget Reminder
Are you guilty of driving in the wrong lane or making improper left hand turns, on the highway, in the city, or anywhere. It’s ‘slower traffic keep right’ … ‘keep right except to pass’ according to law … our drivers handbook!
Ever noticed more and more Canadians and Americans are staying in the fast/emergency vehicle left lane (45-60%)? Not you and I, but…
Truth is, the Drivers Handbook states: (Freeway | Multi-lane Highway)
“Once on the freeway (multi-lane highways),a safe driver travels at a steady speed, looking forward and anticipating what’s going to happen on the road ahead. Traffic should keep to the right, using the left lanes for passing.”
“Use the far left lane of a multi-lane freeway (Highway) to pass traffic moving slower than the speed limit, but don’t stay there. Drive in the right-hand lane when possible. Get into the habit of driving in the right lane, leaving the other lanes clear for passing.”
So let’s be honest … “Are You Guilty of Driving in The Wrong Lane or Making Improper Left Hand Turns?”
According to Whitney, LLP Attorney’s at Law, any number of factors can cause or contribute to automotive accidents, such as poor weather, road debris, and mechanical defects present in the vehicle. Yet as varied as accident causes can be, most of them stem from human error – and some types of human error are more common than others.
A 2008 crash causation report by the NHTSA ranks 15 different driving maneuvers based on how often they were involved in traffic accidents. So where did left hand turns fall on the list?
Going straight – 1,014,835 crashes
Navigating a curve – 459,920 crashes
Stopping in a traffic lane – 349,627 crashes
Slowing down in a traffic lane – 96,329 crashes
Making an emergency avoidance maneuver – 64,923 crashes
Changing lanes – 46,426 crashes
Turning left – 36,757 crashes
Speeding up in a traffic lane – 31,693 crashes
Passing/overtaking another vehicle – 22,352 crashes
Turning right – 13,189 crashes
Starting in a traffic lane – 12,806 crashes
Pulling out of a parking spot – 10,961 crashes
Merging – 5,884 crashes
Backing up (for non-parking purposes) – 5,270 crashes
Making a U-turn – 4,300 crashes