Heed The Dangers of HOV Lane Jumpers

Jim Luff
Posted on April 9, 2014

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, commonly referred to as the "diamond lane", "express lane" or "carpool lane" can be extremely dangerous to use or drive next to in the adjacent lane.

The double solid yellow lines that define these lanes create a false sense of security. While traffic may be crawling on the highway, HOV lanes may still have an average speed of 50 mph or higher without any congestion. This is where many drivers develop the false sense of security as they travel at high speeds believing that no one will cross a double yellow line to enter the lane at a place not designed to enter. Plan for this.

Likewise, the adjacent lane is not safe either as inattentive drivers realize their off-ramp is coming up and simply jump the double solid yellow line to catch their offramp. Be ready to take evasive action and remember that the lane next to you may be occupied and odds are high someone is behind you so these split second incidents need to be expected.

— Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor

Related Topics: accident reduction, accidents, chauffeur behavior, chauffeur training, driver safety, Driver training, passenger safety

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Comments ( 1 )
  • anthony

     | about 7 years ago

    when driving on the car pool lane in the day time, its usually a good idea to turn your headlights on and the high beam also.... this does not guarantee anyone will cross the solid line into the car pool but it might change their mind. i also keep my foot on the brake pedal just in case there is a vehicle that crosses illegally into the car pool lane. when you see the car pool exit lane its also a good idea to slow down a little extra just in case a vehicle decides at the last moment to exit the car pool lane.

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