Begin With A Safe Approach To The Intersection
1. Start by making sure you are in the correct lane before you reach the intersection. Be aware of the “blind spots” of the other drivers and stay out of them.
2. Always use your turn signal for other drivers know your intentions.
3. Avoid any distractions.
4. When slowing down, match the pace of the car in front of you.
5. Watch brake lights to anticipate when traffic slows and/or comes to a stop.
6. Do not tailgate or rush a traffic light.
7. When pulling up to the intersection, keep one car length between you and the car in front of you. (If you get rear-ended you will be less likely to crash into the car in front of you.)
8. Inspect the intersection. Look for stoplights, stop signs, turning lights and restrictions, one way signs, road blocks or construction, pedestrians and crosswalks, and bike lanes. Be aware of anything that could potentially create a collision.
9. Watch the vehicles in front of you, behind you, beside you, and in oncoming traffic. Then look both ways to see where other vehicles are, what their intentions are at the intersection. Be aware of other’s motivations, and be prepared to react defensively while you cross.
10. Keep your wheel straight and your foot on the brake while waiting to cross the intersection.