To merge, or not to merge, that is the question...
It appears the answer seems to confuse many Gold Coast motorists when it comes to deciding who has right of way when two lanes suddenly become one.
New data by RACQ Insurance reveals that Southport is the fourth worst suburb in the state for merging related crashes over the last three years.
It follows closely behind Toowoomba, Fortitude Valley and a busy Brisbane City.
More than 6,000 crashes were analysed in Queensland between Jan 1 2015 to April 30 2018, and they found that eight of the top 10 were in the South-East with one on the Gold Coast.
“We’re calling on all Queensland motorists to take five minutes to brush up on the rules around merging so we can hopefully prevent similar crashes from occurring in the future.”
- Kirsty Clinton, RACQ Spokesperson
So what are the rules?
- On roads where the lanes are marked, you must give way to any traffic already in the lane you wish to move to.
- If there are no road markings or when two lanes suddenly become one, you must give way to any vehicle in front of you.
Why Southport is so high on the list remains unclear.
However, in the last RACQ 'Unroadworthy Roads' report in 2016, it identified Southport-Nerang road has having 'poor road markings' and a 'lack of overtaking opportunities'.
But regardless of who or why, it might be time to brush up on your merging skills so these often avoidable mistakes don't become a roadside nightmare.
Here is the full list of top 10 crash zones in QLD caused by poor merging:
- Brisbane City – 246
- Fortitude Valley – 114
- Toowoomba – 109
- Southport – 89
- Mount Gravatt – 89
- Woolloongabba – 79
- Eight Mile Plains – 66
- Milton – 65
- Indooroopilly – 63
- Rockhampton – 57.
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