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Editor’s Note: This content was originally published in 2017.

We all recognize the jerks on the road when it comes time to merge.

A construction project has reduced the number of open lanes, and these motorists have the audacity to pull forward off the line and cut into the remaining open lane amid a chorus of honking, shouting and gesturing .

However, they are the ones that merge correctly, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The department has been promoting the “zipper method” of merging when traffic is particularly congested for a decade. Authorities recommend this late-merger strategy in which drivers use the entire roadway and take turns to switch from the closed lane to the open lane as the road narrows.