Home' Horizons : June-July 2010 Contents MERGING
If you ﬁnd merging
a source of
you’re not alone.
In a recent
RAC survey, 70
per cent of
as the driving task
that WA motorists
were worst at. This is backed up
by information provided by Main
Roads about the worst traffic
merging points in WA, collected
from crash data over a five-year
The northbound Vincent Street
on-ramp on the Mitchell Freeway
was identified as the worst merging
spot in WA with 100 crashes, 19 of
which required medical treatment.
In second place was the merging
point at the westbound East
Parade on-ramp on the Graham
Farmer Freeway, with 65 crashes,
13 requiring medical treatment.
The third worst merging point
was the Canning Highway on-ramp
heading north on the Kwinana
Freeway, which saw 70 crashes,
nine of which required medical
“The RAC urges motorists to
exercise extra caution and courtesy
when merging with another lane
of traffic,” RAC Head of Member
Advocacy Matt Brown said.
“The key is to imagine a zipper
and merge with the other traffic in
a similar way,” Mr Brown said.
The following merging tips
apply where the road lines
separating the lines of traffic stop
mid carriageway and two lanes
• Clearly signal your intentions.
Indicate right before and while
you are merging to the right,
indicate left when you are
merging to the left
• You must give way to another
vehicle if any part of the other
vehicle is ahead of your vehicle
• Adjust your speed and drive so
that you merge smoothly with
• Merge like a zipper and be
TO BE FIXED
Two of Perth’s worst trafﬁc
hotspots are set to receive
a $155 million upgrade
following a long campaign by the
RAC and its members.
The State Government recently
announced that construction will
begin later this year on an overpass
at the intersection of Reid Highway
and Alexander Drive.
More than 75,000 vehicles use
this intersection every day and
it has been a road safety and
congestion nightmare for many
years, featuring prominently in
both the RAC's Red Spots and
Risky Roads campaigns.
A second project will deliver a
major upgrade to the interchange
at the Roe Highway and Great
Eastern Highway – an intersection
which handles more than 60,000
vehicles a day.
RAC Head of Member
Advocacy Matt Brown said
persistence had finally paid off.
“Federal and State funding has
been available for some time
for the Reid Highway-Alexander
Drive project but the work kept
getting pushed back,” he said.
“There was significant concern
that this would happen again
so the public commitment by
the State Transport Minister is
“The Roe Highway-Great
Eastern Highway interchange
upgrade will again attract State
and Federal funding and we’re
keen to see work start on that
project by the end of the year.
“When completed, these
projects will deliver significant
benefits to Perth's motorists by
reducing both the road safety
risk and the frustration and delays
caused by congestion at these
Mr Brown said both projects
would be welcomed by motorists
but highlighted the lack of a
long-term plan for Perth’s road
The RAC has received
numerous enquiries about
the new child restraints laws
d how they will apply.
Although an official date has not
een set for the introduction of
the WA laws, all parents and carers
are urged to begin complying with
them as soon as possible.
More information about the
new child restraint laws can
be found at rac.com.au and
for a comprehensive list of
frequently asked questions, visit
Alternatively, parents and carers
can contact the Child Car Restraint
Information Line on 1300 780 713
(9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) or
Kidsafe WA on 9340 8509, 1800 802
244 or visit kidsafewa.com.au.
If you need help installing
the correct child restraint, RAC
Auto Services has fully qualified
technicians who can, for a standard
fee, inspect and install your child
restraint so that it will comply with
manufacturers' specifications. For
more information, call RAC Auto
Services on 1300 797 078.
PHOTOGRAPHY: IMAGE ABOVE LEFT BY ISTOCKPHOTO.
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The intersection of Reid Hwy and
Alexander Drive at peak hour.
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