There is more to driving on the interstate than getting up to speed, moving into the right lane and staying there until it’s time to exit. For example, before you can drive on the interstate, you must first yield into traffic.
The more you drive, the more you’ll understand how to safely yield. However, even the most experienced drivers run into trouble from time to time. There are many reasons for this, ranging from fast moving traffic to congestion.
How to approach an interstate yield
Once you spot a yield sign ahead, you know what’s coming. While it’s important to keep a steady speed, you don’t want to approach the interstate too quickly. Instead, give yourself enough time to inspect the traffic around you and pick the best spot for joining the flow.
Should you stop?
A yield sign is telling you to slow down, not to stop. However, there are times when you have no choice but to do so, such as if you run out of space to yield.
In a perfect world, you’d be keep a steady speed as you gracefully move into the flow of traffic. However, this isn’t always possible, such as if the cars in the nearest lane are unwilling to make space.
What to do after a yield
Once you yield onto the interstate, your job isn’t done just yet. First off, bring your vehicle up to speed as quickly as possible. Neglecting to do so increases the risk of a rear-end accident.
From there, choose the correct lane of travel and take note of what’s happening around you.
Even if you consider yourself a safe driver, you could still suffer an injury in an interstate accident. These accidents can happen at any time, such as at a yield point.
If you’re injured in a highway motor vehicle accident, move to the shoulder of the road, assess your injuries and call 911 for help. If possible, collect information from other drivers and evidence showing that the other person was at fault.
As you recover, file a claim with your insurance company and learn more about the many ways to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Read our blog for more information on motor vehicle accidents and how to protect your legal rights in South Carolina.