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Think and Drive

Overtake on the right side, which is the ‘passing side’. The left side is for ‘suicide’.
Did you know that one of the leading causes of accidents on high speed expressways is reckless drivers’ weaving in traffic? They can result in ‘multi-car pileups’, with mangled vehicles and horrible injuries!
In developed countries road fatalities @ miles driven are lowest for divided highways, as ‘head-on collisions’ are eliminated.
The Southern Highway will have two travel lanes in each direction and a hard shoulder for emergency stops. Under normal travel conditions, when traffic is light or moderate, the left hand lane is the travel lane and the median lane is for overtaking only.
Please don’t ‘hog the middle of the road’. It will only tempt the driver behind you to weave around you and overtake on the ‘wrong side’, with the risk of a high speed accident

“No one has telepathy. Signal your intentions and signal early”
Do you know the mantra for safe expressway lane changes?
SIGNAL early,
look in your rear view mirror,
look in your side mirror,
look over your shoulder,
and if it is all clear, .....make the lane change.
If you enter the median lane without signaling, you could get ‘rear ended’ by a faster vehicle. If you cut into the slow lane without signaling, you could easily run a vehicle off the road.
You absolutely must look over your shoulder before changing lanes because there is often a ‘blind spot’ between the visual fields of the rearview and side mirrors.
In the old days, at election time, the saying was vote early, vote often!
For all of us to travel safely on the Southern Expressway, ‘Signal Early, Signal Often!’

Give them a BRAKE, let them LIVE”
Did you know that every year, hundreds of police officers are killed and seriously injured during routine traffic stops on motorways? They are struck by vehicles that do not slow down and move to the median lane to maintain a safe passing zone.
When you see the flashing blue lights of a police car or motorcycle, the flashing yellow lights of an ambulance or emergency response vehicle, SLOW DOWN!!!!
If it is safe, SIGNAL and move to the median lane and let these HEROES do their job. Let them LIVE.

Entry and Exit points of the Highway are ‘HOT SPOTS’ for ACCIDENTS!!!!
Did you know that drivers making sudden lane changes and cutting across traffic lanes to make the EXIT RAMP at the last minute are the cause of serious ‘roll over’ accidents? Drivers on the ENTRY RAMP who do not look over their right shoulder and YIELD to fast moving traffic on the highway are equally dangerous!
Exit Ramps are posted well in advance. Considering that you are traveling at ‘a mile a minute’, plan ahead. If you are in the slow lane, signal your intention to exit the highway early. If you are in the fast lane, SIGNAL early and get into the slow lane, to exit safely.
On the Entrance Ramp, SIGNAL, Look over your RIGHT SHOULDER, YIELD to fast moving traffic on the highway, merge when safe and build up speed quickly to avoid getting ‘rear ended’.