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At what point do you merge?

At the lane closed ahead sign
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Where the lane is actually closed
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Whenever the h*** I want
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When do you merge?

Postby Hockeynut! on Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:54 am

I saw this on FB:

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So when do you merge?

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Re: When do you merge?

Postby ulf on Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:56 am

Before it ends
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:56 am

Somewhere in the middle of the area where the sign is and where the closure occurs.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby IanMoran on Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:58 am

The people that merge at last second to try to cut line, cause traffic jam and then get angry when you don't let them in?
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby mac5155 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:58 am

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Re: When do you merge?

Postby Hockeynut! on Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:59 am

mac5155 wrote:Image


That sign is only in place about 1.5% of the time...
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:00 pm

Yeah none of those apply. I start looking for a good place to merge when I see the sign. If I have to stay in the lane that is ceasing to exist till close to the end in order to merge in without cutting someone off, I do. If I had my way, the people that just speed up that merge lane until it ends and merge would be thrown off the road in their vehicle at speed. The people that slow down to let those people in should be accelerated to about 120 mpg and then sent towards a concrete wall.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby count2infinity on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:02 pm

depends on the traffic, how far away the merge point is, am i in a hurry, etc. there are a lot of factors in play here...
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby mac5155 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:09 pm

Nothing gets a driver cruising in the fast lane to speed up like trying to pass them on the right, though.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby Pavel Bure on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:13 pm

I used to merge over early but not anymore. I drive all the way up and some poor sucker always lets me in 50 cars ahead of where I merged in the past.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby mac5155 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:15 pm

This is true for Parkway west outbound past 79. It's three lanes between 79 and campbells run. I stay in the exit only lane until the last possible moment and I always get over.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby thepittman on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:16 pm

Merging early is for chumps
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby relantel on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:17 pm

You are supposed to use the lane until it ends. Though in common practice, most people get over sooner, then are frustrated at those who simply follow the law.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:17 pm

count2infinity wrote:depends on the traffic, how far away the merge point is, am i in a hurry, etc. there are a lot of factors in play here...


generally speaking, kenny the kangaroo will be a good sport and merge early. but if it is crunch time, sorry jagoffs, this gentleman is going to speed ahead.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby count2infinity on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:20 pm

I do get a joy out of the trucks that take matters into their own hands and just roll along, side by side up to the merge point. I once saw a guy try to go around the truck on the shoulder, almost hit a guard rail, swerve to avoid it and get stuck in a ditch. I lol'd and lol'd
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby BigMcK on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:25 pm

Upon the urge.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby ulf on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:42 pm

Merge upon urge. Band name.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby BigMcK on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:56 pm

ulf wrote:Merge upon urge. Prophylactic Brand name.


Fixed. 8-)
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby Azkar on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:01 pm

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Re: When do you merge?

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:11 pm

If we're talking about that situation, i'm completely lost. If we're talking about normal traffic merges, then that page agrees that it makes more sense to merge early in most cases.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:20 pm

someone spent a lot of time reviewing security cameras for that video
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby MRandall25 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:23 pm

The people who wait until they reach the merge point to merge are what make the traffic flow slow down to a halt because they try to force their way in.

If everyone merged around when they see the "_____ Lane closed ______ feet ahead" sign, there wouldn't be insane traffic backups. But because people want to pass the line, it slows everyone else down when people in the open lane have to basically stop to let the other guy in.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:26 pm

in theory, the zipper merge is ideal
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby count2infinity on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:26 pm

MRandall25 wrote:The people who wait until they reach the merge point to merge are what make the traffic flow slow down to a halt because they try to force their way in.

If everyone merged around when they see the "_____ Lane closed ______ feet ahead" sign, there wouldn't be insane traffic backups. But because people want to pass the line, it slows everyone else down when people in the open lane have to basically stop to let the other guy in.


i agree with this when there is a small amount of traffic; however in heavy amounts of traffic, you're going to get traffic backups either way.
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Re: When do you merge?

Postby viva la ben on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:26 pm

I've seen truckers get pulled over for blocking the merging lane. USE BOTH LANES TO MERGE POINT, OR ELSE THE BACKUP WILL BE 5 MILES LONG.
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