1. You are driving on an interstate onramp approaching an oncoming merge lane. The positioning of the onramp gives you a sweeping view of the interstate below, allowing you to see from nearly a third of a mile prior to the merge zone. The lane you are to merge into contains a single car moving at approximately the same speed as you.
Upon reaching the merge area you find yourself exactly alongside this single car, having completely failed to adjust into the yawning spaces surrounding it. You should:
A) brake and merge safely and smoothly behind the vehicle in the next lane, since it delays you by less than 2 seconds and there is no traffic directly behind this car.
B) floor the accelerator and cut ahead of the car next to you, since there are no cops around and there is no traffic in front of this car.
C) immediately begin moving into the next lane on a collision course with the adjacent car, forcing the driver you just pulled alongside (who had already been planning to change lanes to accomodate your incompetence) to change their courtesy lane change into a desperate swerve to avoid you, barely getting the clearance they need in front of the car in the next lane beyond them and missing by inches a three-plus car pileup.
D) realize you are an utter failure as a human being and attempt to end your life with what little honor you can salvage by sending your car plunging off the road and down the embankment.
Answer "C" is a distressingly popular choice.
Mar 10 2007, 8:02 am