Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road: Do I slow down before I-5 exit ramp?

Cars should have plenty of room on off-ramps to slow down to street traffic speeds, such as at this D Street exit in Blaine. Do not slow down while on the freeway lanes.
Cars should have plenty of room on off-ramps to slow down to street traffic speeds, such as at this D Street exit in Blaine. Do not slow down while on the freeway lanes. The Bellingham Herald

Question: When exiting the freeway, should a driver slow down before reaching the off-ramp or after?

Answer: When exiting the freeway, the off-ramps provide more than adequate space for a driver to slow down to surface street speeds. A driver should signal his intention to exit the freeway (at least 100 feet before the movement), move onto the exit ramp and then begin to slow for the transition to slower speeds.

Rules of the Road is a regular column with questions and answers on road laws, safe driving habits and general police practices. Answers come from David Wright, a retired officer from the Bellingham Police Department who serves on the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force. For previous Rules of the Road columns or to ask a question, go to bellinghamherald.com/news/traffic/rules-of-the-road/.

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