Category Archives: Driving

Merge Point

It is summer time, and that means road construction is in full force.

Most times, people know what to do… slow to a safe speed and pay attention to the construction workers. Why then do people ignore what the construction signs actually say? I guess it is like regular multi-lane driving, where they think they know the rules of the road, when they really do not.

One of the worst things in a construction zone is merging and knowing when to do so. Many construction zones do not have blatant signs stating when and where to merge, the DOT just assumes one knows the proper way.

Locally, there is an alternating electronic sign switching between “RT Lane Closed Ahead” and “Use Both Lanes to Merge Pt” before a very congested construction area.

At the merge point, there is another large electronic sign switching between “Merge Point” and “Take Your Turn.”

The distance between the signs is about one mile… with two traffic lights between them. Not only do the majority of cars not wait until the merge point to get into the open lane, many move over before the 1st traffic light, which is a good .8 of a mile ahead of the merge point.

When someone follows exactly what the signs instruct, drivers that did not drive properly end up getting annoyed, attempt to block both lanes, tailgate to prevent proper merging, and other dangerous actions.

This is a gentle reminder to truly follow what signs are telling you to do. Not only will it save lives, but it really will save all drivers time and aggravation.

Coming up, left lane hogs.