Saturday, July 10, 2010

More Etiquette: Merging onto Highways

One of my husband's biggest pet peeves is drivers who fail to merge onto a highway properly. He can't understand why those entering a highway or Interstate travel down an entrance ramp until they match speed with a car, then wait until that vehicle--traveling at a high speed, mind you--changes lanes, making a nice space to slip into.

Don't get me wrong, I hate merging onto highways, so I appreciate this courtesy, but it's just that--a courtesy.

Perhaps the problem lies in the fact the NC Drivers Manual doesn't clearly state: WHEN ENTERING A HIGHWAY OR INTERSTATE, YIELD TO CARS TRAVELING IN LANES. However, the manual posted online does include the following:

Pg 34 (Points given when) Failure to yield right of way when entering an intersection, turning at a stop or yield sign, entering a roadway...(results in bodily harm)

pg 62 When entering the interstate, use the acceleration lane until your vehicle’s speed matches that of the other traffic and then merge safely

Nowhere in the manual does it say a driver should race down an entrance ramp until they're even with a vehicle traveling on the highway, and then honk at that driver in an effort to force them into the left lane.

Having a car move over for you is nice, but if they can't or won't, yield the right of way.

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