When You Enter a Highway Introduction

Last Edited: November 13, 2016 // by TruckerScape, Inc.

There are certain events that draw truck drivers’ close attention as we travel on a highway, either on the open road (in sparse traffic, usually in rural areas) or in heavier traffic.  One of these is when a vehicle enters a highway close in front of or alongside our trucks.  Another is when a vehicle exits in front of us.  The highway may be a controlled access highway (an interstate, city freeway or other major highway, typically with two or more lanes in each direction and entry and exit restricted to specific interchanges).  Or it could be a minor or back highway with one lane in each direction and open entry from, and exit to surface streets and/or driveways.

Due to our trucks’ length and slowing/stopping and acceleration limitations, there is always the possibility of contention with vehicles entering from a ramp, a street or driveway or exiting onto one of them.  Entry and exit contention can be hazardous and we have to be ready to avert an accident.  Skid marks on major highway surfaces near ramp outlets and entrances and to a lesser extent, on minor highways near street and driveway intersections, attest to the hard braking that occasionally occurs as we work to allow other vehicles to enter and exit.

The following tips in this chapter will present some observations and advice on safe entry of personal vehicles in various situations.  They will address the use of your personal vehicle’s obvious maneuverability advantages over those of a truck and the help you may get from a truck driver:

When You Enter the Right Lane of a Controlled Access Highway

When You Enter the Right Lane of a Controlled Access Highway on the Open Road

When You Enter the Right Lane of a Controlled Access Highway from the Right Lane of Another Controlled Access Highway

When You Enter the Left Lane of a Controlled Access Highway

When You Enter an Uncontrolled Access Highway

Takeaways

Due to trucks’ size and performance limitations, there is always the possibility of contention with your personal vehicle when you enter or exit a highway.

When you enter or exit a highway in their vicinity, truck drivers will pay close attention and may adjust to help you.

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