Great show, but I can’t agree with “where Brian’s merging strategy is incredibly efficient, and also incredibly rude”. The first comment is correct, but Tom and Ray implied that it was only for the benefit of Brian. Brian was proposing a “zipper merge”, which is exactly how it’s done over here in Europe, and also how most states are now recommending lane closures should be handled. The “late” merge, with both lanes being fully used and merging occurring in an alternating fashion right at the merge point, is massively more efficient for all drivers and prevents larger traffic jams, so it’s actually quite the opposite of rude if everyone plays along. It’s very egalitarian. The problem is educating people and getting them to reject their long-standing beliefs. I grew up in Canada and would have also been irritated back then by a “late” merger who was “barging” into line. Once you understand how it helps the whole situation, you really take a different, almost Zen-like attitude.
And I think that’s something that our two favourite Car Talk guys could appreciate.