JIM & JEFF LUFF DRIVING GEM: Take Control - Be Seen: When passing vehicles, determine if the pass is necessary, what you gain from passing, if the pass is safe, and if the pass is legal. When passing vehicles, make sure you have ensured the area is clear, and do not change lanes in front of a vehicle until you can see the entire vehicle in your mirror – if you cannot see the entire vehicle in your mirror, you are not in a safe position to complete the lane change. Use your turn signals well in advance to alert drivers behind you, and to get the attention of distracted drivers to avoid being rear-ended. Horns, lights, and turn signals are all communication devices – use them! If you are unsure of another driver or pedestrians intentions or actions, make eye contact with them and follow it up with a friendly gesture, such as a waive. -- Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor SMARRT Driving Series Here
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