It’s summer driving season — which, unfortunately, also coincides with summer road construction season.
If you’re planning to hit the highway this summer for vacation, you’re probably also going to hit a work zone requiring a lane closure.
So … pop quiz:
What should you do if you’re in heavy traffic, driving in the right lane and you see a sign that says, “Right lane closed ahead”?
A. Immediately merge into the left lane.
B. Stay in the right lane up to the point where your lane ends, and then merge into the left lane.
C. Drive down the center of the road and block anyone who tries to shoot to the head of the line in the right lane.
D. Pull over on the shoulder and take a nap until the traffic subsides.
You might think the correct answer is A.
The sign said the right lane is close ahead, so you should get in the left lane as soon as safely possible and just wait your turn.
Of course, when you do that you’re going to be in a long line of others who did the same thing.
And you’re going to see some drivers zip past you in the right lane.
And you’re going to think they’re butting in line at the merge point.
And that might make you angry — enough so that you’ll feel the urge to “salute” those drivers with a certain finger. That irritation might even lead some people to choose option C.
Do not choose option C!
Or option D — unless you’re actually tired and need a break.
No, it might seem counterintuitive to those who have spent a lifetime waiting in line like sheep, but option B is actually the best choice.
Don’t believe it?
Just ask PennDOT.