The continued success of Lincoln's NEV program is dependent upon NEVs integrating seamlessly and safely into the existing traffic patterns. As NEV drivers, we must remember to be alert, courteous, and respectful of others--even when other drivers don't return the favor. Please keep the following tips in mind when navigating the city in your NEV. Special thanks to the Lincoln Police Department for their assistance with this section.
When traveling on 35 MPH roads, watch for traffic behind you. Other vehicles may become frustrated when confronted by your NEV traveling at 25 MPH. When it is safe, pull to the side of the road to let the vehicle(s) pass. While it is legal to drive on roads 35 MPH or less, be aware of your surroundings and allow other vehicles to safely pass. Be courteous.
In Lincoln, NEVs share their dedicated lanes with bicycles. If you approach a cyclist, slow your vehicle and maintain a safe gap between your car and the bike. Do not "tailgate" the bike or drive too close. When safe and legal, carefully pass to the left.
When approaching a signal light in a NEV lane, it is unlikely that your vehicle will trigger the light. The inductive loops embedded in the pavement will be in the main traffic lanes, and not the NEV lane. If there is other traffic going the same direction as you, allow those vehicles to trigger the sensor. However, if no other vehicles are traveling in your direction, safely pull into the regular traffic lane just prior to the light in order to activate the sensor. Otherwise, you may be waiting at a red light until another vehicle arrives.
Many NEVs do not have reverse lights, and thus may be confusing to other drivers as you back your vehicle out of a parking space. Never assume other vehicles know that you are backing up. Always yield to other vehicles and back up with care!
When approaching cyclists and pedestrians, they will rarely hear your vehicle until you are very close. Electric vehicles are much quieter than traditional cars, and often you will be "invisible" to those in front of your vehicle. Allow a safe distance between your vehicle and those in front of you. Slow down and carefully pass only when it is safe. Share the road, and never demand right-of-way.