Sign of the week: Right lane ends ahead

Sign of the Week is a weekly feature here on the SenSen Driving School blog that demystifies some common head-scratching signs you’ll see as a driver.

Right lane ends here - sign - ICBC

This sign warns you that the lane ends after a certain distance. Sometimes these are accompanied by a specific distance, such as 200 m, appearing just below the sign.

It’s important to note that a “left lane ends ahead” sign also exists. Many of the rules and concepts we discuss in this blog post also apply to that sign—you just have to think of the opposite direction.

The “right lane ends ahead” sign means exactly that: the right lane ahead ends. This means if you are already in the left lane, you need to be careful because the cars who are in the right lane will start coming into your lane.

Make sure you look ahead, stay sharp and anticipate other cars coming. If other drivers are not paying attention and don’t see this sign, they could easily cut into your lane without thinking twice.

Avoid driving in other cars’ blind spots just in case they don’t shoulder check and steer into your lane. I’ve seen that happen too many times before and have had to warn my students.

If you are in the right lane, then you need to start finding a safe gap for your self to merge into the left lane. This can be challenging if you notice the sign too late and other drivers don’t let you in. Look and scan further ahead so you can anticipate lanes ending.

When you are changing lanes go through this process:

1. Check your rear view mirror.
2. Signal to your desired direction.
3. Check the side mirror of the direction you’re going (that is, check your left mirror if you are changing lanes to the left lane).
4. Do a proper shoulder check (again, checking the direction you’re going to).
5. If it is safe, proceed with caution into the new lane.

Changing lanes can be a very daunting and challenging task for new drivers, but your driving instructor will work you through it and assist you while you are learning.

 

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