Traffic Tip: The Zipper Method?

Ever been in this situation.  A construction project has narrowed the number of open lanes, and motorists have the audacity to shoot to the front of the line and cut into the remaining open lane amid a chorus of honks, yells and gestures.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, drivers that move forward in an open merge lane and jet in front of a line of stalled motorists – are merging correctly.

*The department has been promoting for a decade the “zipper method” of merging when traffic is particularly congested.  

Officials recommend this late-merge strategy in which drivers use the entire roadway and take turns merging from the closed lane into the open one at the point when the road narrows.

-In heavy congestion, this strategy reduces delays by as much as 35%.

-Bottom Line: When people merge early, they create a more severe backup because they leave a lane unused.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/09/21/merging-into-traffic-youre-doing-wrong/90798014/

Verne Hill

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Verne Hill


Verne Hill

I enjoy many things: Music. Family movie nights. My American flag flapping in the wind. Sunsets at the beach. Snow days. The Sweet Tea Party. Salvation through Grace… VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150 QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.” MON-SAT 6A-10A (& Sunday@5 host) verne@wbfj.fm