There is some confusion as to how to merge onto a freeway safely and who has the right of way, the cars merging or the cars already on the freeway?
There is an ongoing debate among some drivers about who has the right of way when merging onto the freeway, the driver merging or the drivers already on the freeway. Because of this confusion, merging onto the freeway has become a very challenging unsafe ordeal for some drivers.
Who has the right of way?
The final answer to this question is that freeway traffic will always have the right of way. This means that cars entering the freeway from an on-ramp must yield the right of way to freeway traffic and do so in a safe manner without disrupting the normal flow of freeway traffic.
The proper way to merge onto a freeway
There are courteous drivers who see you entering the freeway and move over a lane so you can enter the flow of traffic safely. This may be the reason why merging drivers have come to believe they have the right of way.
The proper way to merge onto the freeway is to enter the on-ramp and start to accelerate your speed to match the speed of the freeway traffic. Speed is important because it is the number one cause of accidents. Drivers who enter the freeway going too slow can cause a rippling effect of traffic having to slow down that can travel back sometimes for miles. Entering too fast can panic drivers causing them to take evasive and unsafe action.
Keep your left hand turn signal on as you start up the on-ramp so freeway traffic can see that you are entering the freeway and will be merging. Many drivers will move over a lane to allow you safe entrance.
Find a gap in the cars and check over your shoulder by glancing to see that it is safe and move into the lane and flow of traffic.
The design and engineering of freeways are to ensure that traffic will flow smoothly, efficiently and safely. A freeway on-ramp has an adequate amount of length to give drivers’ time to gain enough speed to match the flow of existing freeway traffic, find a gap in the traffic and slip in without any problems.
Article also posted on Bukisa by Scott Hallock