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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationSafety · 1 month ago

When two lanes become one?

When the right lane is ending and the car in that lane is slightly ahead of the car in the left lane, are they supposed to slow down and let the left lane car pass them?  I’ve seen situations where the left lane car would floor it and then lay on the horn when the right lane car beat them to the merge point.  

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  • David
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    If your lane is ending, that means that you (as a driver) have to merge into traffic in another lane. Traffic in the through lane (the lane that is not ending) has a responsibility to drive in a predictable manner to allow you to formulate a plan to merge safely. That means, traffic in the LEFT lane (the one that isn't ending)...those drivers should neither slow down or speed up. If you are in the right lane, you need to find a safe gap in traffic to merge into the left lane. If you can't find a safe spot to merge before the lane ends, then you STOP in the right lane, and wait for a safe chance to merge.

    If a car in the right lane makes it to the merge point, but then suddenly moves into the left lane causing left lane traffic to slow down or stop...

    Then the merging driver (the one from the right lane) has failed to yield as legally required, and should expect the driver in the left lane to be a bit angry about that.

    If the right lane driver is driving in a LEGAL and safe manner, then traffic in the left lane should proceed smoothly without speeding up or slowing down. If the right lane driver causes somebody in the left lane to suddenly slow down or stop, then the right lane driver is in violation of the law. PERIOD.

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  • Edna
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If the right hand lane is ending, the driver in the right hand lane is supposed to merge into the left hand lane and give the left hand lane driver the right-of-way. If the driver in the left hand lane is courteous, he'll slow down a bit and allow the right  hand lane driver to merge into his lane. 

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  • 1 month ago

    It's pretty much up to the two individuals merging.

    Technically the one in the lane ending should cede the right-of-way to the one in the lane that is not ending.

    • David
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      That's not the law

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  • 1 month ago

    Both drivers have to proceed with caution. Both are aware of the merge.

    • David
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      Yes, and the left lane traffic has the right of way

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  • 1 month ago

    You are allowed to be courteous. Most drivers figure it out at the moment and avoid hitting each other.

     I’ve seen situations where the left lane car would floor it and then lay on the horn when the right lane car beat them to the merge point. YES it happens.

    IF they collide Police or the judge will decide who is responsible for what part of the repair bills.

    An unsafe lane change is an unsafe lane change being in front one inch not quite the same as being in front twenty feet.

    What part of the word MERGE is it you do not understand.

    BOTH are to accomadate a Merging. How they do it is not specified in the law.

    If it is not safe to move to the left then YOU WAIT until it is.

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes. It's not first come, first served. Whomever is in the lane that is ending must let whomever is in the other lane go first.

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  • 1 month ago

    Check the roadside sign, and see which lane is to end. The ending lane must give way to the continuing one.There are two ways of doing this: One with the brake, and the other with the accelerator.

    • F
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      Good answer although always be prepared to give way. It cheaper and safer than a crash.

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  • Nancy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Two lanes never become one but rather one of two lanes may end.

    The driver of the car in a lane that is ending must yield right of way to any car in the lane that they are attempting to merge into as a result of their lane ending. Period. No exceptions. No ifs, ands, or buts.

    The law makes no provision for drivers in a lane that isn't ending to yield right of way to other drivers attempting to enter their lane due to the lane of those other drivers ending. If drivers in the lane that isn't ending want to be jerks and speed up to not let you merge in in front of them, then that is what they can do because they have the right of way, so you will have to slow down until they pass and then merge once the lane is clear of any other cars.

    By the way, you will often see this happen when signs have been posted for some distance in advance that the lane is ending, leading drivers to begin merging into the lane that isn't ending and thus slowing traffic in that lane, while other drivers try to take advantage and speed past the entire line of cars that is moving slower because of the merge and then trying to cut in way up at the front at the merge point.  You will see drivers in the slower moving lane that isn't ending purposefully drive in a manner that leaves no space for those drivers zooming ahead and then trying to cut in in front of everyone who responsibly moved over at the first opportunity they could after finding out the lane would be ending.  Basically, drivers who do that are like the kid who walks past the back of the lunch line in school and passes everyone in it to go to the head of the lunch line and cut in in front of everyone who has been behaving in an orderly manner by joining the line at the back where it is forming and waiting their turn to get their lunch.

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  • 1 month ago

    Usually the right lane is "constant" meaning other traffic merges into the right lane. BUT if there is a sign that says, "lane ends merge left" then you have the opposite. Or when you merge into Interstate traffic the right "merge" lane does eventually end and you merge left into traffic.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The vehicle ON THE RIGHT...always has the right of way. At a 4 way STOP...the SAME THING APPLIES. The vehicle on the RIGHT has the right of way if they get to the intersection at the same time.

    People don't understand that ON RAMPS...they have the RIGHT of WAY to merge.

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    • David
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      I'm guessing Frank's insurance bills must be outrageous, if he drives like he writes...

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