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Are Spokane drivers too polite about merging?

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Right now construction season in the Inland Northwest is in full swing and that means lots of lane closures.  It also means more merging which can be a problem. 

So how should we be merging to make travel as painless as possible?

Believe it or not the problem with many of us is that we are too polite when it comes to merging.

Most of us are faced with this everyday, either on our drive into work, heading home or just running around town.   That is the need to merge. 

What a lot of us tend to do and truly believe is the right thing to do is to get over as soon as possible.  In fact, we're so sure of ourselves that these "sidezoomers" make us mad.  Sometimes we even try to block them. 

The thing is, we're actually wrong. 

So let's learn from Minnesota.  High crash rates in construction zones, led the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation to do a merger study, then make some changes.   They posted signs letting drivers know the lanes were going to merge and that they should use both lanes, while taking turns merging, like a zipper.   

Washington state has followed suit to encourage "zipper merging" saying it helps ease congestion in heavy traffic.   

So next time you are about to fly off the handle at someone who isn't a "lineupper", remember, both lanes to merge is the right thing to do.

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