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Old 08-08-2015, 04:35 PM   #113
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Do I get upset when I get a poor driver - yep. Does it change my driving style - nope. After my go around last winter, I still drive the same way - very defensively giving lots of room to avoid most things. Do I vent/commiserate on occasions with fellow RV drivers - yep.

Believe it or not - my biggest worry is "alligators" that I don't see. Recap tires should not be allowed on highways.
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:35 PM   #114
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Most people driving cars do not have a clue, that is, if they are even paying attention. I've seen the faces of drivers who are in the merge lane look over at me in surprise! What were they looking at as they are trying to get onto the highway?

I don't bother to use the horns anymore. Had a bad incident in MD where some yahoo in a pickup came right out in front of me going 25 and when I tooted the horns, he brake checked me. I don't know how I didn't hit him.

What do I do? If I can move over, I will. If slowing some will help you to merge, I will. If you are going to be stupid and drive down the merge lane right beside me, then you will have a problem.

It is a situation just like this that has me thinking of putting in a dash cam. Too many distracted, careless or just inconsiderate people out there that only care about themselves.
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:47 PM   #115
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If you are in an area with lots of entrance ramps, you have 3 lanes. I stay in the middle lane until the lanes go down to 2 lanes. Saves a lot of stress, and it's safer.
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Old 08-09-2015, 07:48 AM   #116
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I'll bet you find the semi's doing the same thing.... (middle lane).
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If you are in an area with lots of entrance ramps, you have 3 lanes. I stay in the middle lane until the lanes go down to 2 lanes. Saves a lot of stress, and it's safer.
That is THE thing to do. That's another one I don't understand. Why hang out in the third lane when folks are trying to merge and then either have to force your way into the second lane when there are mergers, or create conflict with someone who has the audacity to want to get onto that road?
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Old 08-09-2015, 08:03 AM   #118
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It is a situation just like this that has me thinking of putting in a dash cam. Too many distracted, careless or just inconsiderate people out there that only care about themselves.
I'm wondering what a dash cam is going to do about bad drivers. Do you let them know they are being watched? They won't drive any better.

Are you going to hit them and show the courts the video? It almost, never gets that far.
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I'm wondering what a dash cam is going to do about bad drivers. Do you let them know they are being watched? They won't drive any better.

Are you going to hit them and show the courts the video? It almost, never gets that far.

Doesn't fix stupid but it does record the events as they happened as in the guy that pulled in front of the MH then brake checked him when he it the horn.

Dash cams are the norm in Europe where the drivers make all of us look great.
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It is a situation just like this that has me thinking of putting in a dash cam. Too many distracted, careless or just inconsiderate people out there that only care about themselves.
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I'm confused.
How would "putting in a dash cam" handle slow mergers... (or any other distracted, careless or just inconsiderate people that only care about themselves)?
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I'm wondering what a dash cam is going to do about bad drivers. Do you let them know they are being watched? They won't drive any better.

Are you going to hit them and show the courts the video? It almost, never gets that far.

If an accident were to occur because some idiot decided it'd be funny to brake check 60 ft of truck and fiver and I was unable to stop then I'd have the video to show who was at fault. With that said I'd prefer to avoid the situation all together and do that by driving defensively, move over if I can, speed up or slow down if it's safe and if traffic conditions don't allow then the merger not paying attention gets the horn as a wake up call so they can adjust as necessary. Once again this all boils down to people not knowing the law, paying attention to their driving and this ever increasing me only mentality.
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How would "putting in a dash cam" handle slow mergers... (or any other distracted, careless or just inconsiderate people that only care about themselves)?
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My reply was centered around the brake check comment by another poster. The dash cam isn't going to help those people not paying attention or those that just don't care. The last thing I want is to be involved in any type of accident and if that ever were to occur because of the carelessness of someone else then I don't the things I've worked very hard for to be gone from court settlements.
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If I step on the brake, for what ever reason, and you hit me, you were following to close.
Once I cut you off and squeeze in, without contact, you need to drop back to a safe following distance. If I can "break check" you, and you hit me, you were following to close.


I'm playing the devils advocate here and would never brake check you, after cutting you off, I'm just pointing out what lawyers could say.
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If I step on the brake, for what ever reason, and you hit me, you were following to close.
Once I cut you off and squeeze in, without contact, you need to drop back to a safe following distance. If I can "break check" you, and you hit me, you were following to close.


I'm playing the devils advocate here and would never brake check you, after cutting you off, I'm just pointing out what lawyers could say.
What about when someone pulls out in front of you from the merge lane and you are ALREADY on the brakes. You toot your horn to make them aware, and then rather than hit on the gas, they hit the brakes. That is deliberate on their part, reckless driving, and a camera would prove that. Fortunately I didn't need the services of one that time. And I didn't need to drop back to a safe distance, after he had done his deed, the AH took off up the road.
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If you are in an area with lots of entrance ramps, you have 3 lanes. I stay in the middle lane until the lanes go down to 2 lanes. Saves a lot of stress, and it's safer.

That is an "always" choice! If 2 lanes or more, lane 2. Just faster if only 2. We ain't in town very long, eh?
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A dash-com would not have helped me 2 weeks ago. I was on a 4-lane city street, driving in inside lane because I knew the outside lane ended in 1/4 mile, when this guy came up fast in outside lane, saw the lane ending and slowed down right beside me. I thought he was slowing to merge in behind me. WRONG! He just stayed there, so I then thought he was going to turn right into a housing sub-division. WRONG AGAIN! He just followed the ending pavement into the right rear fender of my dually. ARGGG. His car would never have appeared on a dash-cam.
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