Merging in traffic

Driving in the Bay Area of CA can be challenging. Especially when you have to drive behind someone who doesn’t know how to merge.

For those who aren’t comfortable merging…

If you are coming off an exit ramp and have to merge into a lane of moving traffic. LOOK at the moving traffic before you have to merge! Find your space, vary your speed, and move into the space. Other drivers will let you in. If someone speeds ahead to block you (they are not courteous, so let them go), then they create a space behind them. Slow down and hop in behind. This is called merging…going with the flow of traffic…or just going with the flow.

DO NOT DRIVE UP TO THE MERGE POINT AND STOP AND THEN LOOK. This stops the flow!

If the lane you are moving into is stopped and you don’t have a space, then you should wait for a space.

Thank you.

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