Merging Road Rules
There are two types of merging situations. Zip Merge and Lane End Merge.
Look for lines marked on the road to tell the difference.
Lane End Merge. Crossing a dotted lane end line
Car B is crossing a dotted “lane end” so must give way, waiting for car A to pass.
Car B must also signal because they are preparing to leave their lane.
Zip Merge. No lines to cross, two lines of traffic coming together.
The concept is simple. The car in front goes first. It does not matter who is on the left or right.
Car A is ahead of Car B. The road is narrowing and all vehicles are being forced into one line of traffic. Car B must give way by dropping back allowing Car A to move in front.
Car A must also signal their intention to move into or join another line of traffic.
If Car B were ahead, then Car A must give way.
These cars may have been in two marked lanes or perhaps in two lines of traffic on a wide unlaned road.
Learn more about these and other common road rule issues on the My Licence road rules page. They have great video clips to help make sense of it all.