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Waiting until the last minute to merge is actually safer. - June 13, 2014, 03:51 PM

Came across a document that says that merging when the lane ends is safer and better for traffic than moving over early and having a long empty lane. Getting over early causes two bottlenecks... So getting over early is only best if traffic is pretty free flowing..

NO I am not talking about the assholes who cut over into an exit lane to get around traffic. NOR am I talking about the assholes who cut all the way up a turning lane to get ahead of the line of cars.

Some of you in the EU can comment on this sign that that is apparently common:



Zipper Merge

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/trafficen...rge-zipper.pdf


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June 13, 2014, 04:00 PM

Definitely makes sense...


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June 13, 2014, 04:01 PM

Isn't this legally required in germany?
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I always wait til the last second to merge on the motorcycle. I'm not sitting in traffic, I'm a motorcycle!


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Isn't this legally required in germany?

I think it is in a lot of other countries including canada..


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June 13, 2014, 04:14 PM

Yup. Get up to proper speed in the merge lane to enter traffic at a matching speed. That's always how I go about doing it.


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June 13, 2014, 04:15 PM

I do this all the time and people hate it; they're just too retarded to realize how it's supposed to work. There's a good book on traffic if you're interested in stuff like this -
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us): Tom Vanderbilt: 9780307277190: Amazon.com: Books Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us): Tom Vanderbilt: 9780307277190: Amazon.com: Books
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us): Tom Vanderbilt: 9780307277190: Amazon.com: BooksTraffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us): Tom Vanderbilt: 9780307277190: Amazon.com: Books
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hey thats pretty cool. Thanks!


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June 13, 2014, 04:37 PM

My sister actually got a ticket in FFX a few years back for doing just this.. she waited until the end of the merge lane to actually merge and they wrote her up for failure to merge in a timely manner or something along those lines.. She wasn't from the area and was up on business and was a bit freaked by the traffic.. She ended up driving up to fight it and won, but still..


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When I merge, I always use the entire length of merge lane. Never made sense to jump into the opposite lane early. Might as well use as much runout as possible.



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June 13, 2014, 08:39 PM

Merging at the end, motorcycles lane splitting and filtering, not using turn only lanes to pass people. These are things that should be reinforced and taught in driver's ed, but we never seem to bother with anything beyond, "gas, brake, don't go over the speed limit (which in some cases is dangerous in and of itself)." It's odd to me that we get a license at age 16 and change (when just about everything we are doing is new and we're likely to ignore/forget most of it), and we never do any refresher training.

The only problem with the zipper merge is that people ignore the zipper part. Those who are not merging will keep on the bumper of the car in front because (jackass logic) "f*** that guy merging, I have right of way."

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The only problem with the zipper merge is that people ignore the zipper part. Those who are not merging will keep on the bumper of the car in front because (jackass logic) "f*** that guy merging, I have right of way."
This is the problem with this method in heavy traffic around here. People in general just drive like assholes and are willing to nearly cause an accident just to not let a car safely merge in front of them.
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June 13, 2014, 11:07 PM

Makes a lot of sense. A lot of times the slowpoke in front of me merges early since there is a bit of an opening and shuts down the slow lane even when I just stay in the merge lane and just get around them then merge. Happens almost every day. On the motorcycle I do tend to merge faster since I'll out accelerate both traffic and the guy in front of me by a mile though.


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Merging in NOVA/DC


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People in the UK and Germany actually move over one lane when they see traffic on the on ramps

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