One of the key factors to making a smooth lane change is to insure you have enough space in front of you and in back of you. The only way to see what is behind you is to accurately check your blind spot which is out the back side windows. If you don’t there very well may be a vehicle you did not see in your mirrors resulting in a side swipe collision.
Tapping the brakes to have the person behind you back off is a strategy many people employ and sometimes with negative consequences. If you tap your brakes and slow down and the driver behind you is not paying attention, they will likely plow into the back of your vehicle. In this day and age when distracted driving has become such a huge issue the better strategy is to lane change and get out of their way. If that is not possible, cover your brakes which means you’ve put your foot on the brake, but are not applying pressue and therefore your vehicle slows down at a slower rate. If it looks like they aren’t budging look for an out and move out of their way.
The left lane is the passing lane and therefore, drivers are likely picking up speed to pass someone on their right. Motorists should not park themselves in this lane and “control traffic or speed.” Driving slowing in the left lane can cause back ups in all lanes because it eliminates the ability to allow traffic to move. Maintaining the speed limit or driving less than the speed limit should be done in the right lane, however, driving under the speed limit is also dangerous as it impedes traffic flow and it is necessary to maintain the posted speed limit.
It is important to use your parking brake when you are parked on a hill because in the event that your vehicle starts to move, if you have not parked correctly your car can go into traffic and cause a collision. You also need to turn your tires in the correct direction. If you are parking downhill your tires needs to be turned to the curb or to the right so that if you vehicle does start to move your front tires will grab the curb. If you are parked uphill then you need to turn your tires away from the curb or to the left so your front tires will grab the curb if your vehicle starts to move.
If you don’t use your signal you are not communicating with others as to your intentions, for example, making a lane change, or turning at an upcoming intersection. However, if you don’t turn your signal off, you are mis-communicating as other motorists are expecting you to do one thing when you are not and can cause a collision.