Accessing a highway can present several challenges to drivers – whether novice or experienced: poor weather, low light levels, road design and the discourtesy of other drivers can each contribute factors that increase our risk of a crash while merging at ramps.
In a perfect driving world, we’d be the only operator and vehicle on the road; however, that’s just not possible. We face congestion, road work, and delays each day as we go from site to site. Merging adds stress since we have to cope with limited visibility areas (aka “blind spots”) and finding that gap in traffic flow where we can “squeeze in” to our spot with all the other vehicles.
July’s Ten-Minute Training Topic provides drivers and their supervisors with insights and discussion about merging at ramps. The driver handout refreshes operators on common problems encountered, and offers reminders about traffic, ramp metering and even wrong-way crashes that happen when a confused (or impaired) motorist manages to take the wrong ramp and rushes head-long into oncoming traffic. The slideshows also help to illustrate these issues and aids for drivers.
Automotive Fleet Magazine recently posted a nice article and video to promote safe merging at on ramps. To view these click HERE.