Saugus Traveler wrote:
This is one of my pet peaves. The driver on the on ramp is legally required to yield and it is his responsibility to merge with and yield to traffic and you are not required to pull into the left lane or slow down to "let him in". However, the reality is that the merging driver often just merges anyway no matter what so to protect myself I assume that he may not yield to me and I try to avoid the situation by moving over or slowing down.
It is just the opposite here in California. Traffic must yield and the driver merging onto the freeway/highway has the right of way.
In other words - you better make room for entering traffic.
I might not always like it but even as a driver in my passenger car; I have always thought this is the way is should be.
The driver merging onto the freeway usually doesn't have an option, however, with an additional lane or two available to me - I usually have an option.
Saugus, you are wrong. I couldn't believe your post, so just went to the California DMV drivers handbook at:
And on page 53 it says on the topic of "Merging in and out of Traffic".
"Freeway traffic has the right-of-way."
I don't believe that there is any state in the US that is counter to this.
X2! That would be insanity if the traffic at highway speed had to yield to traffic coming on from a ramp.