The state House of Representatives is considering a bill that would make learning the zipper merge part of driver’s education courses.
The zipper merge method refers to using both lanes of traffic until you reach the merge area, then alternating each lane in a zipper fashion into a single lane.
The merge runs into issues when people don’t use the full length of the merging lane, drivers don’t let people from that lane in or don’t alternate properly, leading to backups.
HB 1231 would also add it to the written portion of the driving exam and required the Department of Licensing to provide instructional materials to driver’s license renewal applicants.
The legislation received a 29-0 vote to move on from the House Transportation Committee on Friday.