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December 12th, 2011

Leapfrogging

I realized I use this term all the time but haven’t really defined it. Leapfrogging happens all the time in traffic. Here’s an example.

Say you’re merging on to an expressway. You’ve got one lane which merges in, and there’s a car behind you. You signal and merge in the traditional manner, but the person behind you chooses to go around you and merge in front of you for some reason.

That, my friends, is leapfrogging. And now that I’m commuting to and from work via car, I see it pretty much all the time. It still weirds me out a bit. I do wonder if other people see this as often as I do and, if so, what they call it. Supermerging? Crazymerging? Jumping the queue?

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