Q: Why do I see people stop at yield signs on the entrance ramps to our highways? Aren't you supposed to keep moving?
A: The yield sign is not a stop sign. The yield sign means other traffic has the right-of-way, so you must merge safely.
To merge safely, you should:
Use your turn signal.
Accelerate. Increase your speed to get up to the speed of traffic.
Slowing down can get you rear-ended as the traffic behind you speeds up to merge.
Look for a break in traffic. Use the side view mirror and look over your shoulder to check for traffic in the vehicle's blind spot.
When merging into traffic, the traffic in the right lane of the highway doesn't have to move into the left lane to allow the other vehicle to merge.
The vehicle merging must yield to traffic on the road.
When exiting the road, you should maintain your speed until you pull into the exit lane.
Once you are in the exit lane, gradually slow down. Slowing down in travel lanes can be dangerous.
If uncomfortable driving in traffic, consider the following:
Avoid driving during rush hour.
Use alternate routes.
If over age 55, take an older-driver course to refresh your driving skills.
Also, always remember to buckle up.
"Sadie Says . . ." is brought to you by the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition's Safe Communities Task Force, whose members include AAA North Penn, AARP, Area Agency on Aging and regional transportation and highway safety advocates.