Driver refresher: Merging

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Although we merge every day, merging is a road rule that causes confusion and frustration on our roads. Many people think that you must simply give way to the right when merging.

But that’s not the only rule when it comes to merging. There are two different merging rules to remember, and it depends on the situation as to which rule you need to obey and who is required to give way.

In the first situation, we look at who must give way when merging on roads where there are marked lanes on the road.  If your lane comes to an end, and you need to merge into the next lane, then you must give way to traffic that is in the lane you are moving into. If you must cross a marked broken line to merge into the next lane, then you must give way.

Vehicle A must give way to Vehicle B

In the second situation where two lanes of traffic merge, and there are no line markings on the road, then you must give way to any vehicle that is ahead of you.

Vehicle B must give way to Vehicle A

Further details on changing lanes and merging, as well as driving safely on motorways, can be found on the Queensland Government Transport and Motoring website here and by watching their video below.

 
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