Highway lane use information.

Turning Left Over Solid Lines

Left Turn Over Double Solid Line

You should do something about turning left on double solid lines, Port Alberni is terrible for it.

In defence of Port Alberni, I can probably say that all of British Columbia is terrible for it. Many drivers have an incomplete idea of what the lines on the road really mean. The basic intent is that regardless of what kind of line is painted down the center of the highway, drivers are required to stay to the right of it.

Acceleration Lanes

Acceleration LaneAcceleration lanes assist traffic to join with others on higher speed and volume highways. At the opposite end, the deceleration lane exists to leave the traffic flow and slow down to join others on lower speed and volume highways. Proper use of these lanes minimizes the risk of collision and eases the difficulty in finding a place of your own.

Driving on the Wrong Side

Drive Wrong SideI cannot think of any concept more important to driving than staying on the proper side of the road. I have my side, you have yours. If we each keep to the right, we don't run into each other.

Lane Changes

Lane ChangeMirror, signal, shoulder check, move. These are the four steps for a successful lane change. Simple enough one would expect, until you watch what goes on around you in traffic these days. Many drivers will make lane changes where it is forbidden to do so. It is illegal to make a lane change over a solid line at any time.

How to Use Acceleration Lanes

Acceleration LaneThis lane is designed to help you enter a freeway. It consists of an entrance ramp where you approach the freeway, an acceleration lane where you match the speed of vehicles on the freeway and a merging area where you join traffic in the right lane of the freeway before the lane ends. Proper use insures the safety of everyone present and makes the task a simple one.

Two Way Left Turn Lanes

Two Way Left Turn Lanes

A two way left turn lane is often found in larger towns and cities running down the center of multi-lane highway. It is easily identified by the combination solid and broken yellow line at both sides and the pair of left pointing arrows painted on the road surface and displayed on black and white regulatory signs overhead.

Changing Lanes in Intersections

Lane ChangeI am often asked to tell the motoring public that it is illegal to change lanes in an intersection. I cannot do this, because there is no specific rule prohibiting this driving action in the Motor Vehicle Act. However, a defensive driver will choose not to do this, even if it is legal.

Driving on the Shoulder

No Driving on Shoulder SignOur highways are not for the exclusive use of motor vehicles. Bicycles, pedestrians, equestrians and others may be expected to use their fair share of the highway as well. In fact, in some ways the shoulder of the road could be considered to be their domain and not always that of the driver.

Lane Positioning

Lane PositionAlways leave yourself a way out. This was one of the cardinal rules of the Smith System of driving that we were taught in Regina during basic training. Simply put, always make sure that you have a place of safety to move your vehicle into if something unexpected happens.

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