We've all been there - you're driving along and there's some construction up ahead that requires a lane merger. There always seems to be that one guy, however, who waits until the absolute last moment to merge. Just about everyone hates that guy (unless you are that guy).
It turns out, these people are not as bad as we thought. In fact, they may actually be doing the right thing.
Just about everyone hates that guy who merges lanes at the very last second (unless you are that guy).
Most of us tend to reluctantly let them in, all the while silently hating them. Nobody likes a line-cutter.
Well, it may shock you to learn that the Kansas Department Of Transportation says these people might actually be right after all!
In fact, they say that if we all adopt that strategy, people might actually get what they want on the road.
The Kansas DOT advises everyone to use the "zipper" method.
Here's what the zipper method looks like in theory.
When done properly, traffic in either lane wouldn't have to stop, which is the major downside to merging at random spots.
Some drivers don't do it because they feel guilty cutting in line, even though it could actually help them.
Research suggests that if everyone were to use the zipper method, traffic would flow 35% faster.
Again, if done properly, it would be slightly safer too - as long as there was an agreed-upon system. Random and erratic merging, like what we have now, tends to lead to more accidents.
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