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.

Ian's advice: 

1. Vehicle ready - mirrors adjusted to see the cars behind you in the next lane, tyres checked

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.