More than a few times, I found myself stuck in a backlog of traffic where two lanes merge down to one lane – This is most often experienced in a construction zone.
There are two kinds of people: those who “merge early“ and those who “merge late.” As a general rule, these two groups of people don’t like each other, believing the other group is inherently wrong in their merging practice. A driver in Houston, who decides that he cannot decide who ought to go first at the merge point. Instead, he decides a live traffic round of “Rock-Paper-Scissors” is the only way to decide which vehicle ought to go next. While the RCMP will want me to say it’s dangerous, I’ll also say it’s a hilarious idea. I can, however imagine a situation where the other drive doesn’t really want to play, or doesn’t quite understand that you’re signalling that you’d like to play Rock-Paper-Scissors. This could end badly, with a lot of yelling and screaming, or even a throwdown of fisticuffs.
Drive safe my friends, and Rock-Paper-Scissors responsibly.
More on “late” or “Zipper Merging” here: