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Positioning your Car on the Road

It is important for you to pay attention to your car's lane position. In a normal situation, you should make sure to keep your car to the middle of your lane.

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There are situations when you may need to move to the right slightly or left while still staying in your lane:

  • If there is a bicyclist or a pedestrian walking on the right side of the road, you will need to slow down and move toward the left of the lane in order to provide a safe distance between your vehicle and the bicyclist or the pedestrian.
  • If there is a wide vehicle driving to your right, you will need to move toward the left of the lane in order to provide enough space between your vehicle and the wide vehicle.

Lane Choices
Always choose the lane that is appropriate for the traffic situation or driving maneuver:

Choose the right lane for:

  • Making a right turn
  • Exiting and entering the roadways or highways
  • Driving at a slower speed than the flow of traffic

Choose the left lane for:

  • Turning left
  • Passing other vehicles
  • When a roadway or highway only has two lanes; the left lane will have more steady traffic

Choose the middle lane for:

  • Steady, longer term driving