#3 – Zipper

#3 – Tuesday, 01 November 2016 – Zipper

Traffic Tuesday graphic - ZipperA lot of people believe that when merging in traffic you must always give way to the right… but that’s not the rule…

Here is a quick run-down of the two merging situations:

If there are two lanes of traffic merging together into one lane…

1. and there are NO road markings between the lanes/cars…
> you must give way to the vehicle in front
– this is called the Zip Merge rule.

2. and there ARE road markings between the lanes/cars…
> you must give way to any other traffic already in the lane you are moving into
– this is just like any other lane change.


Further information can be found on Page 22 of the Tasmanian Road Rules.


This video refers to the SA Road Rules – these same rules apply to Tasmania: