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Old 07-04-2016, 03:04 PM   #1
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Bus and truck lanes

Which lane do you use when the sign says " Trucks and buses use left lane" I think we should use that lane?
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Old 07-04-2016, 03:10 PM   #2
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Because my MH is the size of a bus, I stay in the lanes designated for buses.
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Because my MH is the size of a bus, I stay in the lanes designated for buses.
Same here.
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Thinking those lanes are for passenger/tour/transit buses........
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_lane
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In some communities they divert truck and bus traffic for safety reasons... as you travel down the Grapevine heading south as I remember CAL DOT diverts the larger slower traffic to clear the highway for the faster vehicles... with safety in mind I follow the truck/bus lane when requested...
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We move to the truck/bus lane. The situations where this occurs is usually when construction turns the right most lane into driving on a road's berm. The berm isn't substantial enough for heavy vehicles such as ours.

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i always follow truck lane assignments. The "Trucks use left lane" signs are mostly found in construction areas where they have shifted the lanes to the right. The new right lane now uses all or part of the normal berm which is not designed to handle the weight of big trucks.
Same for "No trucks left lane", I don't use the left lane.
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The usual reason for a lane restriction is physical. It could be an overhead or horizontal clearance issue, a weight issue or some other physical reason why the highway department wants large vehicles to use a certain lane.

So...I always use the truck/bus lane when requested.
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Which lane do you use when the sign says " Trucks and buses use left lane" I think we should use that lane?
I misunderstood the question To late to correct my post.......
By all means, when the sign says that..........use the left lane.
Sorry for my previous post..........
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Yes; a couple reasons

These are generally in construction areas.

Maintaining distance from the wall, I find it a lot easier to hug the left wall than the right wall.

On/Off traffic, having the trucks in the left lane makes it easier (safer) for vehicles entering/leaving the highway
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Another reason to follow the signs is the potential for wind shear in the driving lanes through mountain passes and in open prairie. In western S.D. this past week we've routinely had gusts to 40 knots ... safe travels ...
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Yes; a couple reasons

These are generally in construction areas.

Maintaining distance from the wall, I find it a lot easier to hug the left wall than the right wall.

On/Off traffic, having the trucks in the left lane makes it easier (safer) for vehicles entering/leaving the highway

I have to admit that it's for that reason I keep right! They usually have concrete barriers VERY close to the left marker line for that lane. My wife is terrified when we drive that close to the barriers, and it makes me really nervous!

If it's not a construction area and they say "trucks use left lane", then I do it!
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The usual reason for a lane restriction is physical. It could be an overhead or horizontal clearance issue, a weight issue or some other physical reason why the highway department wants large vehicles to use a certain lane.

So...I always use the truck/bus lane when requested.
Same here...normally size is the reason.
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In general I agree, but there is another category of "Bus Only Lanes". These are generally specified for mass transit busses to speed them along ahead of other traffic. It might not be a good idea to put an RV in one of those lanes.
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