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spaceship

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641 posts

59 months

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Why do the majority of drivers queue up in one lane on a dual-carriageway when the other lane isn't closing for 800yds?

Now that I think about it, that doesn't even bother me - what bothers me is when cars queuing deliberately move half way out into the other lane to block people making use of a lane that is still open for almost half a mile. I was almost on the grass verge today to drive round an old woman in a Golf who gave me a pile of abuse and blasted her horn as I went by. Saw various other cars and truck doing the same to stop other drivers using both lanes.

I'm sure there is something in the highway code about merging when lanes are restricted.


Munter

25,049 posts

125 months

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.....you might find:
A)This has been done a bit before
B)Gets quite heated.

Jon951

241 posts

71 months

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Ah always a joy to see this topic re-emerge coffee

GSP

1,856 posts

88 months

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I had this a while ago...went on for a bit with everyone saying I was queue jumping...then at the end everyone was saying they did it and were isck of the people deliberately closing the gaps too.

Seems most people are just road warrior now days and being typically british get annoyed when people go infront of them whether the rules of the road allow them to do this or not.

Ray Singh

2,264 posts

114 months

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Its because people don't let you in if you stay in the outside (closing lane).
They deliberately block you off as if you are a fool for trying such a trick.

To avoid any of this nonsense - most people queue up like idiots in the left hand lane.

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spaceship

Original Poster:

641 posts

59 months

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Oops. Might be best to get this locked then before it gets out of hand.

Yeah, as a nation, British people love to queue and love to moan about it too.

soad

18,517 posts

60 months

bazking69

8,612 posts

74 months

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Jon951 said:
Ah always a joy to see this topic re-emerge coffee
Do you mean re-emerge or re: merge...

Edited by bazking69 on Friday 26th March 17:07

SmoothCriminal

1,371 posts

83 months

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I don't mind merge in turn it's the tts that will use a slip road/filter lane to q jump that i'll block out...

Edited by SmoothCriminal on Friday 26th March 17:02

Mr Gear

9,012 posts

74 months

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If you want to know WHY, I think a big part of the problem is the signage. Instead of the signage showing two lanes MERGING, it shows the right-hand lane CLOSING.

Now, the reality is that it amounts to the same thing, but what it shows to the people queueing in the left lane is that the people zooming down the right lane and then squeezing in are deliberately ignoring the signage. Which they are not, but the signage is confusing.

A good merge sign (American I think):



A bad (British) merge sign:



Edited by Mr Gear on Friday 26th March 17:13

mmm-five

6,284 posts

168 months

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This is what a lorry driver decided to do to my car to prevent me passing him in lane 2 before a series of merge arrows.
I'm glad I stopped before he hit me, otherwise I'd have been right up the side of him before he'd stopped.

He was just in lane 1, in front of that Micra & tractor before he decided that I "...shouldn't be cutting in!", and shouldn't "...drive up his inside [sic]!".

Looks like it was a bit of the tyre, the indicator and mud/spray flap that caused the damage.




Stubby Pete

2,423 posts

130 months

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mmm-five said:
This is what a lorry driver decided to do to my car to prevent me passing him in lane 2 before a series of merge arrows.
I'm glad I stopped before he hit me, otherwise I'd have been right up the side of him before he'd stopped.

He was just in lane 1, in front of that Micra & tractor before he decided that I "...shouldn't be cutting in!", and shouldn't "...drive up his inside [sic]!".

Looks like it was a bit of the tyre, the indicator and mud/spray flap that caused the damage.
What a COCK!

ironictwist

6,939 posts

89 months

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What happened next?!

fraserbottomley

226 posts

57 months

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What a dick. Did he/his insurance pay for the damage? On my commute to uni every morning there's a busy 2 lane road that merges to 1 (nothing to do with roadwork, it's a permenant feature) and people just sit and queue up in the left hand lane! I always use the empty right lane and merge at the end but most mornings you'll have a couple of drivers try and stop you getting in at the end, it's quite amusing to be honest.

Edited by fraserbottomley on Friday 26th March 18:29

FourWheelDrift

61,085 posts

168 months

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I do tend to move over (as many people do) early not because it's an immediate reaction to the poor signs used but because I can't stand the hassle of the aggressive tts further up who won't let anyone in.

soad

18,517 posts

60 months

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It's crazy though. As if you're invading their personal space. Most simply go out of their way to stop you merging in. Horn blast, shaking fist, headlight flashing treatment - the works.

hurricane run

9 posts

53 months

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I found that my now sadly deceased chavalier, with requisite scrapes, dents and wheel trims removed, would always be granted space in these situations. 50 mpg and no queuing...

soad

18,517 posts

60 months

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hurricane run said:
I found that my now sadly deceased chavalier, with requisite scrapes, dents and wheel trims removed, would always be granted space in these situations. 50 mpg and no queuing...
Sounds like it has got plenty of road scars accumulated over the years. wink

Adam_W

957 posts

84 months

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I came across this in town, they had closed a lane right as it joined a roundabout, about half a mile back theres a corner and the 2 lanes start, the queue started at the end of this corner and people were waiting to cross a solid white line to get into the left lane despite the right being empty for yards, and im stuck in it, on a motorbike of all things, if they had queued and used the right lane the situation would have been half the issue it was.

dugt

1,622 posts

91 months

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Its over taking, which is the work of the devil, kills bunnys and small children you know. wink
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