Driving in city traffic

Adjusting to city traffic

  • Keeping your proper distance lets you Identify, Predict, Decide and Execute
  • The proper following distance is 3 seconds.

Meeting Traffic

If a driver crosses the center line, you must react instantly. You must know how to identify and predict, and how to respond to this type of situation before it comes more dangerous and to give you more time to avoid the collision.

Avoiding traffic

If a vehicle comes towards you, slow until the other driver can return to its normal lane.

Approaching Traffic signals

Look at your target area to detect traffic signals.


  • A tailgate is hazard because if you have to stop suddenly, the tailgating driver can hit you from the rear.

How to deal with a tailgate

  1. Increase your following distance to at least four seconds.
  2. Move slightly to the right
  3. Signal early for turns, stops, and lane changes.
  4. In extreme situations, change lanes or pull out of traffic to avoid the tailgater.

Doing those steps can help you avoid being hit from the rear and it gives the driver behind more time to react.

Passing a parked car

  • When passing a parked car on the side of the road you should at least be one car's door away from parked vehicles.

Covering the brake

always cover the brake when you sense possible conflict.

Adjusting Speed

  • Drive with the traffic flow
  • Stay within the speed limit
  • Adjusting speed and position agead of time for other drivers who might

In traffic

In traffic the left lane is usually used for faster traffic, but sometimes traffic is held because drivers need to turn left.

Driving in a one way street

Driving in a one way street has an advantage because they are more congested and can move a greater volume of traffic with fewer conflicts.

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