Okay, this might be hard to explain so I’ll try to keep it simple.
Basically, there are two single lanes that come together to run side-by-side, forming a two-lane road. After a short distance, they split again…lane on the right becomes an exit to a city street, lane on left side becomes an on-ramp for a major highway. At the point where the two lanes start running side-by-side, the right-hand lane has a yield sign.
Today I was driving in the right-hand lane. I was planning on exiting to the city street, so I was just going to hang right the whole time. If I had wanted to get on the highway, I would have had to move into the left-hand lane.
Lady in a big truck hits the merge same time I do from the left lane, and wants to get into the right-hand lane, also. She honks at me and makes rude gestures, I assume, because I didn’t slow down and “yield” to her. To my way of thinking…my lane was wide open in front of me. She’s the one coming over into my lane, so I figure that means it’s her job to yield to me. She should have sped up or slowed down to get in front of me or behind me, the same way it works when merging onto a highway. I’m not going to stop in the middle of an open lane.
But there is that yield sign on my side of the road. Does it mean I have to yield, even in my own lane? Or just if I’m trying to merge into the left-hand lane?
I don’t think I was in the wrong, here, but of course I’m willing to admit I might have been. I need to know, though, 'cause I drive this road every day on my way home from work. Don’t want to keep cutting people off or risk an accident if I’m supposed to be yielding.