Merging: Not a hard concept

I’ve outlined in the past that, when it comes to driving in Washington, D.C., the town freaks out when it rains. It is unbelievable. When this occurs, I tend to take the GW Parkway, because while it is slower than 295 normally is, the pace is easier to bear because people don’t get into stupid accidents that cause horrible delays.

Well, today, I realized a secret driving technique that cab drivers employ. A cabal organized rule, if you will. Merging. There are 3 lanes on the north bound GW Parkway right before the merge onto 395. Everyone who is merging gets in the far right lane, which dumps onto 395. It’s a stretch well over half of a mile. You want to get on 395, you get in this lane and take your pain. Unless, of course, you’re some asshat who is better than everyone else, and you just drive up as far as you can and merge in when somebody is slow.

I refuse to let those people in. I waited patiently, and just because your SUV appears to be cutting in does not mean I will let you. Usually, the person behind me relents, but I say we need some more solidarity to let these people know we mean business. Let’s keep it equitable, people. Below is a diagram of the third lane. There’s a lot of space, so merge like a normal person and we’ll all have a nice day.

Here is where the cabbies come in. I was behind one the entire duration of the third lane’s existence today. He let in four, yes, four of his fellow cabbies. I was livid.

So, I propose we retaliate and not allow cabbies to merge. It’s like giving a mouse a cookie, he’ll want to bring all his friends, in front of you. I think the rule of thumb is, if somebody lets you merge, you return the favor: once.

I’ve never liked cabs in D.C. — from the refusal to shift from the quadrant system to metering, and now, cab drivers playing dumb and “not knowing” the destination so they can game the meters. This just twists the knife for me.

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  1. 1) I admit I am sometimes one of your aforementioned asshats. =)

    2) Get yourself a cheap Garmin Nuvi (or get a phone with GPS navigation) and let the cabbie use it. I do that in St. Louis and Chicago. Works everytime.

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