How do I exit a freeway?

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1. Plan ahead and merge into the lane closest to your destination exit.
Keep reading the guide signs for your destination exit and remaining distance. You should plan ahead and start moving to the lane closest to your destination exit in advance (at least about two miles in advance of reaching your destination exit).

Never start changing lanes at the very last minute in order to exit.

2. Signal when changing lanes.
Always use your turn signals, so the other drivers know that you are changing lanes and exiting the freeway.

3. Follow the freeway exit's speed limit.
When you are on the exit ramp, slow down, look for the speed limit signs and reduce your speed to the appropriate speed limit for the exit ramp.

Consider the following about exiting the freeway:

  • On most freeways, the exit ramps are located on the very right lane.
  • On some freeways, the exit ramps are located on the left lane.
  • There are freeway guide signs providing information about each exit ramp's route number, location, destination's street name and the distance left to reach each exit ramp.