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Zipper Merging: For the Greater Good

Nolan L. Erickson

Driving in a construction zone can be frustrating.  For many drivers, that frustration is multiplied exponentially by people “cutting” in line at merging points for lane closures.  However, in spite of other motorists’ protestations, experts say “zipper merging” is safer and more efficient than merging early.

What is Zipper Merging?

Zipper merging is when two lanes of traffic take turns proceeding through a merge point.  It can drastically reduce traffic backups by using both available lanes, rather than leaving highway space vacant for thousands of yards.

Zipper merging works best in slow-moving or stop-and-go traffic. Use caution, however, when traffic is moving steadily or at differing speeds, as sudden lane changes can be dangerous under those circumstances. And, no matter how annoyed you are that another driver is moving ahead in an open lane, do not try to block traffic.

In an Accident? We Can Help!

Learning about new driving patterns, like zipper merging, can help with certain driving dilhemas, and may make for safer roadways. However, sometimes safe driving simply isn’t enough to save you from a damaging crash. If you were harmed in a car accident caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, our firm can help you seek justice and compensation. Whether you were struck while merging lanes or cut off on the freeway, we are here to provide you with the legal guidance you need.

Contact Grewal Law PLLC today to discuss your potential case with our attorneys.

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