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Old 05-18-2013, 01:07 PM   #99
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In Calif you can use the right 2 lanes while towing, but should be in the right lane when safe to do so. I doubt there is any state who's laws require right lane travel under all circumstances unless specifically posted in some areas.

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Nobody said "under all circumstances". but many restrict left lane travel for roads with three or more same-direction lanes.

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In Calif you can use the right 2 lanes while towing, but should be in the right lane when safe to do so. I doubt there is any state who's laws require right lane travel under all circumstances unless specifically posted in some areas.

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You're right of course that no state has passed a law requiring anyone to stay in the right lane under any and all circumstances. There are very few absolutes. Requiring one to be in the right lane whenever it is safe to do so is probably about as close as they come... but that encompasses a lot of territory. Not sure I would want to explain to a CHP that I didn't feel the right lane was safe because there were on ramps.

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In Calif you can use the right 2 lanes while towing, but should be in the right lane when safe to do so. I doubt there is any state who's laws require right lane travel under all circumstances unless specifically posted in some areas.

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In California, if you are towing, it is a violation to drive in the lane to the immediate left of the slow lane except if it is a four lane freeway, or to pass a slower vehicle in the slow lane. So if the road is a three lane freeway, you must stay in the right lane except to pass.
I have a friend who drives a big rig and he received a ticket for this. I always thought you could drive in that lane to avoid merging traffic, not so.
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21655.htm
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In California, if you are towing, it is a violation to drive in the lane to the immediate left of the slow lane except if it is a four lane freeway, or to pass a slower vehicle in the slow lane. So if the road is a three lane freeway, you must stay in the right lane except to pass.
I have a friend who drives a big rig and he received a ticket for this. I always thought you could drive in that lane to avoid merging traffic, not so.
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21655.htm
Thanks for this posting. I'm making my first RV/toad trip to California next week and would certainly have been in violation of this law had you not posted the actual ordinance.
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Thanks for this posting. I'm making my first RV/toad trip to California next week and would certainly have been in violation of this law had you not posted the actual ordinance.
Also keep in mind that the maximum speed limit in Calif when towing is 55 mph. They'll getcha for that too.

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62 has been working for us while towing in California, seems to be an acceptable speed and yes I know I could get a ticket if someone decides it is too fast. Most trucks go 60 or 62.
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We always move over when we safely can when coming upon merging traffic. It is a pet peeve of ours when we cannot get back over. The vehicle that merged instead of allowing us to get back right. (we have our signal on) speeds up until it is pacing us and now we are all blocking traffic. Then everyone gets angry and starts passing on the right which makes it even worse. It does seem people do not having merging skills. They are creeping on, you cannot move left because of traffic, and once on, they speed off like a demon. That means we have to slam on the brakes and hope no one rear ends us or leave them on the side of the road and hope they do not try to merge into the side of us. I especially like those who do not even look for traffic until they are at the end if the merge lane.
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IN AZ, it is the law that, if at all possible, you must move over for any vehicle with flashing light or is disabled on the side of the road. I usually move half a lane to keep some idiot from passing me on the right. Whenever there is someone already next to me, I will try to speed up or down to give me a spot to move.
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I pay attention to the ramps, if I see cars coming on I move over in advance, if I cant I either slow or speed up some depending on how the timing is, I do not hit brakes though, causes more problems behind.

Anytime something is on the side of the road I move over, Break down once on the side of a interstate and you to will start doing this.

Its pretty much common sence, look around you pay attention and do for the other driver what you would like him to do for you if you were him.
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This has happened to me more than once.

Driving my MH with toad in the slow lane as required by law on two lane each direction divided highway. Car is merging on to the highway. There is a car next to me so I can't get over, I can't rapidly accelerate and don't want to slam on my brakes and get rear ended. Driver looks and sees me next to him as he is merging and can't merge. Driver flips me the bird and all in a huff.

I see the situation as the driver not looking over his shoulder to see what's coming.

How to avoid? Maybe I'm doing something wrong?

Nope, you're fine. It's the responsibility of the driver merging into moving traffic (The guy in the merging lane) to manage himself a spot, by either speeding up or slowing down so that they can get into traffic successfully.

I just ignore the special snowflakes anymore, or if there's more than two lanes, I stay in the middle lane in areas with alot of merging traffic (metro areas), until I'm out of that area and the traffic has thinned back out again.
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you can try to make room for someone who is merging, but actually it is the responsibility of the merging vehicle to make sure he has the room to get in line.
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