- Mar 6, 2006
- South Wales
- X218 CLS500 AMG BlueEfficiency Sport Shooting Brake - name almost as long as the car...
I'm in favour of zipping. When I see signs for lane closures ahead I stay in lane until shortly before reaching the restriction, then indicate and wait for an opportunity to zip; with varied success. Very occasionally, if I happen to be in the inside lane and see the traffic in front of me already queuing several hundred yards or more before the lane closure, I may move out to the next lane if it's particularly clear, then follow the above procedure. If people get upset, that's their problem.
Interestingly, zipping actually works well in one part of the UK where the Brits have no problem with it, albeit not quite the same situation. Two junctions in St Helier, Jersey have 'Filter in Turn' signage instructing motorists to zip where two roads merge into one. It works perfectly, especially at busy times. Even holidaymakers seem to cope with it!
So there is hope, with education.
I don't know whether you've ever been to Norwich but the place is full of junctions which start off as two lanes at the traffic light and disappear into one lane once you've crossed. As you can probably imagine, they don't work very well. Ask your friend what the thinking behind that would be please? I know it probably wasn't him who designed them but always wondered if there was something I was missing.A friend who designs roads for a living once told me that their traffic flow calculations are based on drivers using both lanes up to the narrowing point, and that merging early simply increases the tailback for no reason.
With a big stick.... Not sure how anyone would educate these morons?
A couple of years ago there were road works on a dual carriageway that had signs stating "merge in turn" and after that alternating signs stating "use both lanes".
Still didn't stop some drivers sitting parallel to the stationary line of traffic, about a mile from the roadworks to stop anyone using the now empty outside lane. Not sure how anyone would educate these morons?