A Me First Mentality Obliterates the Ability to Merge Safely

Drivers are consistently seen failing to yield right of way on our travels.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 9% of all traffic accidents are caused by a failure to merge properly. I was surprised at this data, as it seems that we’ve witnessed this action to be much more common as we traversed the country from Wisconsin to Maine over the last two weeks in our small SUV. It could possibly be higher due to the above data coming from a 1999 study. For reasons cited below, it was difficult to find more accurate information on the prevalence of improper merging.

No matter where we were, we noticed cars merging improperly into moving traffic. It seems that there are a lot of egotistical, me-first drivers, out there that will demand their place in front of you, rather than easily slipping in behind or when there’s an opening in the flow of traffic.

Compounding the problem is also those who fail to allow other drivers to merge. These are those who travel in the right-hand lane of the highway, see an on-ramp with a car approaching the stream of traffic, and still, fail to move over to the left to allow entering cars to merge safely. This is assuming, of course, there is a spot on the left to move into. Still…

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Carol Labuzzetta, MS Natural Resources, MS Nursing

Environmental educator with a passion for teaching youth using the science of awe. Traveler, Photographer, Author, Wife, Mother. Boosted Writer x 10