By Carmel C. Tse
About the author: Carmel C. Tse is Director of Curriculum of iPass, a CAA Approved Driving School. He is a former newspaper editor at The London Free Press and a consultant at Gannett newspapers.
SMOG stands for the crucial steps of: Signal, Mirror, Over-the-shoulder and Go. Most people make the mistake of blind spot check right from the beginning. Such an action will take away from looking at your intended path. Instead, do the signal indicator first, followed by checking the rear view mirror. Blind spot check is next.
|Prepration||Look ahead and plan your lane change|
|Signal||Let others know that you want to change lane|
|Mirror||Check rear mirror for space in next lane, see both headlights|
|Adjust speed||Adjust your speed to create space, can be slower or faster|
|Over the shoulder||Look directly into blind spot by turning head, chin over shoulder|
|Go||Go if safe and aim at the open space in the new lane|
|Check traffic||Cancel signal and check the flow of traffic in mirror|
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