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Zipping up in traffic

Since the beginning of March, the Belgian road code has a new rule. We call it "ritsen", which translates into zipping. You will understand why as you read on. It's all about what you have to do when you come to construction works where two lanes become one.

The rule is twofold:
If you are travelling in the lane which is blocked ahead, then you are required to keep in your lane until reaching the blockage and only then merge with traffic in the free lane. Don't forget your blinkers. It is now obligatory for the driver in the free lane to give you right of way. We all know how gentlemanlike Belgian drivers are, so I would also advice you to be careful. Better be safe than sorry.

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