Motorists doing the right thing in afternoon traffic.
Motorists doing the right thing in afternoon traffic. Jarrard Potter

Do you need a merging give way rule refresh?

EVERY year RACQ runs a survey asking Queenslanders which driver behaviour they find most frustrating on our roads. Without fail, drivers' inability to merge correctly always appears high on the list.

Our latest insurance claims data revealed there were almost 10,000 crashes caused by poor merging in the past five years alone.

We most often seen these types of crashes in heavily congested areas, but surprisingly, regional areas including Toowoomba and Rockhampton were named some of the 10 worst locations for merging crashes in Queensland.

I asked one of our road safety experts why he thought so many motorists were failing the merge test? He said it was likely due to the fact that drivers have to get their heads around two types of give way rules.

On roads where there are lanes marked on the road, the driver changing lanes must give way to traffic. However, if there are no markings when the lanes merge it's a case of giving way to the vehicle in front.

We could all afford to refresh ourselves on the road rules. Not only will we be a safer driver and reduce the number of crashes, but we'll help ease frustration.


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