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We all love a good Queue !

We all love a good Queue !

Saturday 18th May 2019

When we see the lane ahead closed sign we know that we could be in for a bit of a wait as two lanes of traffic get into one.

For lots of drivers this sign is taken as get into the open lane as soon as possible and defend your place in the line at all costs. This is problematic for lots of reasons. Firstly, it encourages road rage as drivers who are stationary feel angry at those who go past them in the other lane and push in at the end .... see the Highway Code

Rule 134
You should follow the signs and road markings and get into the lane as directed. In congested road conditions do not change lanes unnecessarily. Merging in turn is recommended but only if safe and appropriate when vehicles are travelling at a very low speed, e.g. when approaching road works or a road traffic incident. It is not recommended at high speed.

Merging in turn is recommended! By using both lanes the length of the queue is reduced drastically. The overall speed of the queue is faster - this means you get to where you're going in less time. And overall stress levels can be reduced.

Then why don't we do it ? In short the majority of drivers out there don't understand how the roads should work. Also there is a fixation on "my place in the queue". Merging in turn only works effectively when people cooperate and allow one car from the left and then one car from the right to go ahead. The key to making this work is being a considerate driver and allowing the whole of the road to be used for the benefit of us all.

Merging in Turn

  • is recommended
  • uses the whole road
  • reduces queue length
  • increases speed of the queue
  • is used at slow speeds