Merging From Two Lanes to One

This article authored by: Catherine Hallberg

Have you struggled with the dilemma of when to merge from two lanes of traffic into one?

There’s been a lot of road rage over this situation and I’ve always wondered what the rule is.

Now we have it from none other than that fountain of knowledge, Marilyn vos Savant.  Taking turns merging into the continuing lane is the correct answer. No one is entitled because they got in the continuing lane early.  Here is the article:

Say you’re driving on a highway with two lanes going in the same direction. A sign advises motorists of a lane closure ahead. When should cars move into the lane that will remain open? Elaine Willette, Shelby Township, Mich.

Drivers should remain in their lanes until the point at which they must merge. Then they should take turns as they arrive, consolidating the two lines of cars into a single line. This takes advantage of both lanes until the place where the closure occurs and avoids spontaneous lane-changing and brake-tapping slowdowns ahead of time. Drivers who happen to already be in the lane that will continue should not consider themselves to be entitled.”

So there you have it! Be polite and let the other lane merge!

Rob and Catherine Hallberg are Associate Brokers with Long Realty, a Berkshire-Hathaway Affiliate and Southern Arizona’s largest Brokerage. Send Rob and Catherine an email  for a fast response to your questions; for an even faster response, Call (520) 407-8667 or Text (520) 203-2031.


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