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A reminder: Yield when merging

I would just like to issue a friendly reminder for Nevada County drivers: When merging onto a freeway, you must yield to the vehicles which already are traveling on the freeway. It is merely a courtesy, not a requirement, for a vehicle to merge over one lane to let you on.

If there is traffic in all lanes or the traveler is preparing to exit, it is unlikely that vehicle will choose to merge. In that event, you must wait until it is clear to proceed. It is unacceptable and dangerous to force your way into freeway traffic.

This has occurred to me personally in Grass Valley three times in the past three weeks. I drive a very visible, larger-size white truck with a canopy. Each time, my 6 year old was in the vehicle with me. Each time, I was either attempting to exit onto Idaho-Maryland or had traffic in the No. 1 lane with no room to merge. Each time, the oncoming driver simply began to merge into my lane without any visible cautionary hesitation. I was forced to slam on my brakes, risking a rear-end collision, and I had to lean on the horn to get their attention – all very close calls. In the most recent, the driver motioned to me out of his window that I should have merged over to let him in, which to me was indicative that the near-miss was my fault. I find that completely outrageous.

Now, I am not a perfect driver. I get distracted like the rest of us. However, I take special caution when entering a throughway where vehicles are traveling at especially high rates of speed, and I would suggest that everyone else do the same to avoid disaster for yourself, surrounding drivers and passengers.

Allison Katz

Grass Valley

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