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An Open Letter to Merging Drivers

January 17, 2008
Dear Merging Drivers,

It is not the responsibility of the driver who is already in the flowing lane to yield to your whims. Perhaps you were not paying attention and did not realise your lane was ending. It happens to the best of us occasionally. In the future, please take heed when road signs marked right (or left) lane ends merge left (or right) or, the image meaning the same, are stationed along the road you are traveling. If you were not paying attention, you need to be. Others should not, and legally do not have to accommodate your attention deficit. Maybe you were relying on the unwritten rule of courtesy, which dictates that one car continues forward while a merging car enters into the traffic flow, the one-for-one. However, in order for that system to work, you, the merging driver must be prepared to navigate the changing circumstances, such as you must accelerate to the appropriate speed or slow to fall behind instead of forcing yourself in causing the drivers in the already flowing lane to break or swerve. If you are on your cell phone, in a hurry, feeling as if you are entitled to force yourself in front of others who are playing by the rules be ready to have your feelings hurt because there are people like me on the road as well and I don’t take kindly to people who act as if they can pass up everyone and at the last minute cram their way in.

Kitty Glendower

P.S. It is 2008, you look like an idiot driving a brand new SUV.

  1. msliberty permalink
    January 18, 2008 6:17 am

    What a great, biting letter. I, too, have been known to post “open letters” on my site. I recognize that the probability of any of the people for whom the letter was intended ever READING the letter on my site is zero, but it sure does make me feel better.

  2. Kitty Glendower permalink
    January 18, 2008 6:54 pm

    I know right. They are probably the people who would say “what’s a blog.” Or “That’s not true because my brother’s friends cousin’s mother said so.”

  3. Verging Writer permalink
    January 18, 2008 9:33 pm

    Right up there with driving in the breakdown lane so as to make it to the front of the line of traffic & to then rudely cut back into line. I believe in kindergarten we called this “cutting in line?”

  4. CountryDew permalink
    January 19, 2008 1:11 pm

    Nice sting to those words!

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