Drivers Who Merge at the Last Moment Are Actually Helping Traffic

If you think someone is being rude by waiting until the last minute to merge during a lane closure, think again. Those drivers are actually helping you out, according to traffic experts.

The "rude" driver is actually helping traffic flow and reducing accidents by using the "zipper merge method", rather than merging the instant they see a "lane closure" sign miles in advance.

By using available space in both lanes and then taking turns to merge, traffic experts agree that it allows cars in both lanes to move at roughly the same speed, which helps everyone move along and reduces accidents.

States across the country are spreading the word on the zipper merge, with Illinois creating a law that fines drivers who refuse to let others merge. North Carolina has a similar bill that will soon become law, too.

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