Here’s what Florida law says about changing lanes in traffic

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions and shares tips about the rules of the road, helping Central Florida residents become better drivers by being better educated.

The most recent question was about drivers who frequently change lanes in traffic.

“Although there are a lot of drivers out there that think this way, believe it or not, you are not allowed to just change travel lanes at will,” Montiero said. “We see this so often especially out on multilane roads. An impatient driver in and out of traffic with no due regard for anyone else. They’ll be traveling in the right travel lane and then quickly change lanes to the far left travel lane meanwhile crossing over several other lanes and in between cars.”

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Changing travel lanes may sound so petty but at the end of the day you’re truly changing your direction of travel and mingling with other traffic, this is a big deal, according to Montiero.

A driver must change lanes, one lane at a time. Positive control of a travel lane is required prior to moving into another lane of your choice. Meaning you would have to activate your turning signal, move into the traveling of your choice if it’s clear, hold that position then if you wanted to move into another one go through that process again.

“The idea that you can just swim through traffic as you feel it’s not only illegal but crazy,” Montiero said.

Watch the video above to see what the law says about the constant maneuvers.


About the Authors:

Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on ClickOrlando.com, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.