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Old 05-25-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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Freeway Driving (do's and don'ts)

Driving on a freeway near a metropolitan area is a "white knuckle" operation even in a car. But what about a 40' class-A motor home? Common sense tells me to stay in your own lane, and if the speed limit is 55 and everyone is doing 65, and you're doing 45 so what... that said can anyone add any unspoken rules of the road or suggestions to follow; things you do to make your trip through metropolitan areas and on city freeways a little easier. Thanks...

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Old 05-25-2013, 03:25 PM   #2
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Stay out of the left and right lanes. Try to stay up with cars in front and watch out for the hell bent kamikaze on/off drivers. Avoid big cities/rush hour when possible. Be patient and pray a lot.
If you don't keep up with traffic no matter the speed, you will be the bottleneck and the center of a lot of high speed lane changes.

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Old 05-25-2013, 03:27 PM   #3
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Gps that will advise you of what lane to be in for turns is great.No more discussions with wife like it used to be.
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:30 PM   #4
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I agree with what Gene says. I also figure any lane change is an accident waiting to happen so I try not to change lanes very often. And I try to leave extra space between me and the vehicle I'm following and that space often gets filled by some guy trying to get ahead of everyone else.
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:31 PM   #5
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Go the speed limit, stay out of the hammer lane, if there is a middle lane get in it so you don't have to deal with people merging. Pay extra attention to the mirrors and leave a little bigger gap in front of you

Some citys is better to go right through and not take the bypass, if you have a CB a quick shout on it will tell you whats better for that city. If you can travel at night through big citys

If you chose to go with the flow of traffic, then stay with it, keep your speed up with them, and don't hang out in the hammer lane unless you are overtaking, on the subject if you are overtaking get it over and done with, don't try to do so going 1mph faster than what you are overtaking.

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Do not drive a lot of urban freeways in the motorhome - Houston, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Atlanta, Orlando is all in the last five years, but it really has not been a big deal. Contrary to what many do, I do not believe in hanging out in the middle lane, I always drive the slow lane and adjust for merges. Whatever speed is comfortable for me is what I drive, no matter what speed everyone else wants to. I always leave a lot of room in front (10 vehicle lengths is my goal). I use a GPS with lane warnings and try to make the lane shift far ahead. I think the key is relax, get through the city, and then stop and unwind.
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Anticipate. Think ahead, especially when approaching on-ramps. Move over if you can safely do so, maintain your speed if you cannot.
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:01 PM   #9
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I tuck in with the line of trucks going in the same direction? I'm generally running the same speed they are anyway, and figure they've handled about every kind of situation thousands of times more than I ever will? If they're running the center lane, I do. If they take the bypass. I do. If they're running over/under the speed limit, I do. Shut up, keep your head down, watch and learn.... Easy.
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Stay out of the right lane unless you are exiting. It is known as the conflict lane because folks are either merging into it or using it to slow down or exit. #2 or # 3 are OK but only the passing lane if your using it that way. Pay more attention to what is ahead than behind you and try to get the big picture using your eyes to scan ahead, left mirror, gauges, right mirror, ahead and so forth. Turn off the radio, stereo, etc, and demand that your passengers sit down so you don't have to worry about them falling in case of a sudden stop or avoidance turn.

In the case of slow moving or stop and go traffic try to maintain a distance where you can the where the vehicle ahead tires meet the road. That will give you enough room to go around it in case of a breakdown or accident ahead.

If passing or being passed, get it over with even if you have to slow down or speed a bit. A sudden move on the part of the other vehicle could cause you to over react. Not to mention the all too common blowout on a tractor or trailer that you are driving beside. Signal well ahead of your turns or merges and don't forget the four ways if traffic suddenly slows or stops.

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If there is no construction I don't mind freeways if I really need to get somewhere. It's sure hard to get out of DFW without them. Even harder to do so and avoid construction.

I avoid the breakfast, lunch and dinner drives. That can take some timing when traveling more than a little ways on down the road. As a 250 to 300 mile per day driver, it's not too hard.

More likely though you will find us on the backroads. That's where the people, places and things we want to see are. This quote always comes to mind when I hear folks talk about freeways and driving long distances on a daily basis.

“Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.” – Charles Kuralt

We slow down - not in a freeway lane - but as a lifestyle. Let the journey be the destination. If you can't get there with reasonable drive time days in the time you have, maybe you're chasing after a location rather than an experience. The location will be there when ya have time to really enjoy the getting there.

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2 A.M. Works best for me.
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2 A.M. Works best for me.

You and me both! I so prefer night driving, cooler out, less idiots, and all the pretty chicken lights on the rigs!!!!
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You hit it right on, RVM2!

In an average 250 mile day, we are the ones that arrive 1 to 2 hours later than most will. Charles Kuralt's back-roads journeys long ago sparked my enthusiasm to experience what most folks never will!

Some folks dont have all day. We see it as "we HAVE all day".

Seeing so much more scenery, slowing for small towns, quaint shops, enjoying the ride so much more than we ever did...is the way we roll now, mostly with non-freeway driving.

On the freeway, my knuckles are never white. If you are tense to begin with, your reactions to situations may be frantic, erratic and too quick. I relax with it, and expect Bevis and Butthead to be close by. Easy does it, steady as she goes.

We arrive fresh, ready for a fine evening with a pleasant meal.

Yes, the journey is our destination!

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