A driving lesson

Ya know what really gets my goat? What grinds my gears? What frustrates the doo-dah out of me (that last one is something my grandma says)?

Merging traffic.

People in Atlanta cannot seem to master the art of polite merging or polite-merge-letting. I’ll illustrate what I mean.

Lesson 1. Accommodating a Merging Vehicle.

When one is getting on the highway using an on-ramp, especially when one is using one’s turn signal to indicate that he or she must get over due to the fact that the on-ramp lane soon ends, thus merging into the highway’s furthest right-hand lane, an individual who is driving in the furthest right-hand lane should

  1. Slow down to accommodate oncoming vehicles.
  2. Speed up to allow oncoming vehicles free space to merge.
  3. Switch lanes to the left to give the merging car room to merge.
Note how –going the same speed as the oncoming vehicle in order to refuse them a place in which to merge regardless of the fact that said oncoming driver’s lane abruptly ends– is not an option.
Let’s move on.
Lesson 2. How to be a good merger.
Oftentimes when one is traveling on a highway one must merge or switch lanes in order to enter or exit said highway. The rules of merging are simple.
  1. Don’t wait till the last minute to get over. Not only does this cause traffic behind you to slow down, but it’s also dangerous to cross four lanes of traffic at 70 miles per hour hoping that there will be an open spot on the other side. Get over first thing so you don’t cause a ruckus down the line.
  2. Don’t stop in the middle of the road in order to merge. That’s why you don’t wait until the last minute. Stopping , I mean, all the way to zero mph in the middle of the 285 loop is dangerous. Not only because the speed limit is 55, but because people go 80. Dummies.
This seems like a simple concept. However, Atlanta traffic defies logic.

One thought on “A driving lesson

  1. I believe that most state driving handbooks teach that #3 is the best option for those already in traffic, and instead of slowing down or speeding up they should maintain a constant speed for the BENFIT of the merging traffic.

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