So I’ve been working. A lot. Which means I’ve been commuting. A lot.
For the past two years, construction crews have been building a new bridge across the Mississippi to help alleviate some of the congestion. Yay!
Except now, it’s starting to cut into my drive time. Boo.
It already takes me an hour to get to work, and with two of the three normal traffic lanes closed off, it’s even longer.
And with all that time, I got to thinking.
What IS the correct way to merge when a lane is closing?
I recently listened to a debate on the radio about the right thing to do. And of course, I agreed with the guy who thinks like me.
Some people believe you should merge as soon as the first “lane closure ahead” signs begin.
Some people think it’s okay to stay in the soon-to-be-closed lane for a little while longer, and then merge.
And some people, ahem, think you should use the lane until it actually closes. Then merge.
The people who merge right away find themselves sitting still in a long line as other cars pass them in the not-yet–CLOSED! lane. I’m sure they are seething with resentment that their lane is not moving because the late mergers are pulling in front of them. I know this, because I used to be one of them.
It didn’t take too many times of sitting in a long line, foaming at the mouth, to see the error of my ways. Traffic flows best when you continue to use all the lanes and then merge once the move-over arrows are blocking your progression. Or maybe I just flow best when everyone merges and I continue to use the not-yet-closed lane.
In my search of the correct way to merge, I came across this article.
I’m actually the kinder, gentler merger. (After I’ve passed the line-uppers of course.) Which one are you?