I am an expert in road law and these are the common mistakes that everyone makes in traffic jams

AN EXPERT has revealed his best tips on how to merge correctly and avoid longer traffic jams.

The advice includes making full use of both lanes before they merge into one.

The expert advises making full use of both lanes before having to merge


The expert advises making full use of both lanes before having to mergeCredit: Alamy

As the summer school holidays approach, many Britons are dreading long journeys to holiday hotspots back home.

Traffic jams on busy roads, especially during a heatwave, can make holiday travel miserable for UK drivers.

Delays can often be prolonged by lane closures and roadworks, causing motorists to merge into a single lane in heavy traffic.

However, a traffic law expert has revealed his best tips for handling mergers and lane closures, with a nifty touch of road etiquette that saves exhausted drivers time and energy.

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Graham Conway, CEO of Select Car Leasing, advises motorists not to panic and jump into the other lane when they see a merge warning.

Instead, the best tactic is to make full use of both lanes for as long as possible, allowing vehicles to merge smoothly into the lanes.

According to Mr. Conway, this keeps traffic flowing and prevents bumper-to-bumper jams.

However, the advice did not come without a warning, as Mr Conway explained: “There may be a tendency to speed up as there is a large gap in front of you, but this is dangerous as you could misjudge the length of the path and also makes other road users nervous.

The Highway Code states that motorists must “follow road signs and markings and enter the lane as directed.”

Unfortunately, even with these tips, the expert admitted that there is no quick fix to get you through traffic jams, even on multi-lane roads.

“Traffic lanes get stuck and spread out at different rates, so sometimes it seems like other lanes are moving faster.”

The expert advises against changing lanes and says drivers who see other lanes appear to be moving faster should not be fooled by the ‘grass is greener’ fantasy.

“Changing lanes rarely helps a driver get to their destination faster. All it does is affect traffic behind them, which has to adjust their speed to match the vehicle entering the lane,” Conway said.

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“Moving into another lane can also increase the risk of a collision, as there are typically smaller spaces between cars in a traffic jam and less time for drivers to react to a vehicle stopping in front of them.”

“Variable speeds in traffic jams can also cause problems for motorists, so it’s best to stay in your lane and move only when necessary, such as moving towards your exit.”

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