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And if there's no traffic in the other lane, what possible difference could it make when you merge? Zipper all the way, baby.
I'm not going to merge when the line's a mile long and moving at a crawl, and the other lane is open. There's a bottleneck at some point (unless there's no traffic at all). The line actually moves faster to merge closer to the merge point. This assumes that those waiting to merge are NOT blocking through-traffic, if avoidable. That's just impolite.
The merge goes smoother when cars aren't bottled up at the actual location of the merge (where the road goes to one lane). Get in line and take your turn like everyone else.
Marvella, you are incorrect. Check out this info from MN DOT: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/zippermerge/
Laxietoo, the zipper merge sounds great in theory. However, it's not great in preactice. NO ONE likes being cut in front of, which is exactly what happens when one person zips past a long line of cars and then tries to dart in at the last moment. This amounts to aggressive, "I'm entitled" driving, or at least that's how it appears to the rest of us patiently waiting our turn in line.
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