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Staying Safe 

Make Safety a Top Priority

The Express Lanes are easy to use and help you get where you need to go. However, there are some new aspects of the road that are worth reading about before you get in your car and try your new route. 

New Traffic Flows

New Traffic Flows

The Express Lanes introduced new traffic patterns on the Beltway.
Learn about your exit
before you go and follow the signage
in the lanes to arrive safely at your destination.

Pull to the Left

Pull to the Left

If for any reason you need to stop while in the lanes, please pull to the left and stay in your car. You should not get out of your vehicle unless it is an emergency. In an emergency, please move safely away from your vehicle and wait until assistance arrives.

Mind the Barrier

Mind the Barrier

The Express Lanes are separated from the regular lanes by white posts. Under no circumstances should you pass through these barriers to get in or out of the Express Lanes. It could put you and others in danger. It is also illegal, resulting in a fine. So please mind the barrier and stay on your side.

Avoid Distractions

Avoid Distractions

Driving distracted increases your risk of being in an accident fourfold.
Stay focused on the road to keep you, and others around you, safe.

Express Assist

Express Assist

We have dedicated safety service patrol vehicles to assist you if you break down in the Lanes. They will be there quickly to get you safely back on your way. If you do break down, please wait in your vehicle for help to arrive.

Enforcement and Protection

Enforcement
and Protection

The Virginia State Police patrol the lanes and enforce the HOV rules. The troopers are also nearby in case of an incident.