Merging onto the M5 South-West
Merging from your work parking lot into 100km/h traffic can be daunting. M5 South-West staff visited driver education guru Ian Luff to get some tips on doing it well.
2. Driver ready - clock out of work in your head and switch into positive, focused, driver mode
3. Environment scan - before going into the merge lane, stop and check the speed at which traffic is flowing
4. Decisive driving - accelerate to get to the traffic speed - watching ahead for changes and switching between mirrors for the merge
At 100km/hr you travel 30m (6 car lengths) every second. So it's vital to constantly scan ahead and - through mirrors - side to side.