Module 12: Lane Changes

Module Objectives:

Execute a safe lane change every time.

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Explain a lane change, especially to the right, is potentially dangerous because of blind spots involved. If not done properly, changing lanes to the right and hitting a car in your blind spot often causes the vehicle to spin out in front of the truck, lose control as well as be at risk of being hit by other vehicles. Serious vehicle damage and injuries can result and we don’t want that.  





Ask trainee: “What could increase your risk of having a lane change accident?”



  • Not checking mirrors and turn signals during pre-trip
  • Poor trip planning-being rushed because you’re behind schedule
  • Unfamiliar with route and/or lost
  • Fatigue
  • Poor visibility—weather, darkness, etc.
  • Not properly preparing to make a lane change—but there are correct steps to follow


Explain that these risk factors need to be addressed to reduce the risk of a lane change accident





Review with trainee the steps for making a safe lane change:

  1. Check mirror for vehicle spacing and look for opening
  2. Signal intent while continuing to check side and forward traffic
  3. Recheck for fast movers or other lane changers-adjust speed if necessary
  4. Slowly start lane change, continuing to pay attention to vehicles
  5. Once in lane, turn off signal and adjust speed for lane traffic

Have trainee repeat.

Apply Demonstrate technique for making a lane change.

Monitor and reinforce proper technique for making a lane change as trainee changes lanes .