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Old 07-07-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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How Do You Handle Slow Mergers?

You know the routine: a car is merging onto the interstate and is going too slow to match your speed. But they insist of stepping right in front of you at their own pace, oblivious or not caring and just pushy.

I generally just let them in. I slow as soon as I see they aren't with the program and are on their way to cutting me off and forcing me to hit the brake hard enough to have things flying around inside the cabinets!

I know the law says they have to yield to existing traffic and find their own way in safely.

But I would rather let them be wrong and yet have their way, than me be right, but dead or injured.

Today I had an old guy in a pickup flip me the bird (with vigorous emphasis) after he hit the accelerator at the last minute to still try and merge right in front of me rather than come in behind me more reasonably. He was mad I didn't slam on the brakes. He had a long merge lane, too.
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You'd be surprised (or not), how many drivers believe it's your job to adjust your speed to allow them in, no matter what speed they are merging at.
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:38 PM   #3
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Over the last bunch of years, it seems more entering, drivers expect drivers already on the highway to yeild to them, If they're even looking.

If I see a slow merger, I move over, to the next lane, if I can. They usually move in, right next to me, fall behind, and then floor it, before I can move back to the right.

Other times the stay right there, leaving me, blocking faster traffic.
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Mergers are a pet peeve of ours. When we are able, we move over so mergers can get on. We would love to get right back in the right lane but we are usually stuck as traffic begins to pass us on the right before the merger has even cleared us. Even using our turn signals does not help. And then there are those people who creep down the merge lane, we cannot get over, and we must slam on the brakes to let them in. Once merged, they take off like a monster is after them. As the passenger in our vehicle, it is my job to look for mergers. It helps my spouse tremendously. I never read, nap, knit, etc when we are towing so I can be a second set of eyes for the driver.
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:40 PM   #5
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We're just as bad sometimes. How many times have you passed a class A driver with his cruise control set on 62 (or some other magic number) because that's the speed he always goes regardless of the posted sign or the traffic flow. Plenty of people dodging around that moving roadblock.
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We're just as bad sometimes. How many times have you passed a class A driver with his cruise control set on 62 (or some other magic number) because that's the speed he always goes regardless of the posted sign or the traffic flow. Plenty of people dodging around that moving roadblock.
You have no choice when towing in California!
Thats what happens when you have a 10mph difference in speed limit, for different vehicles traveling the same road !
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:49 PM   #7
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We're just as bad sometimes. How many times have you passed a class A driver with his cruise control set on 62 (or some other magic number) because that's the speed he always goes regardless of the posted sign or the traffic flow. Plenty of people dodging around that moving roadblock.
Why is that bad? The posted sign is the maximum speed nothing says you have to go that fast. Sometimes there is a minimum speed posted and you have go faster than that
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If I can't move over I maintain speed and let them figure out what to do. Exception - 18's and other big rigs - I slow or speed up as needed to make merge doable.
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We're just as bad sometimes. How many times have you passed a class A driver with his cruise control set on 62 (or some other magic number) because that's the speed he always goes regardless of the posted sign or the traffic flow. Plenty of people dodging around that moving roadblock.
So I guess that means if the speed limit is 80 then that is what you do?
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:53 PM   #10
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If they "pace" me and don't appear to be paying attention, I tap the airhorn to "wake" them. I usually receive a 1 finger salute but I don't care. They need to speed up or slow down, it is their job to merge, not mine.
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Slow mergers? I stay out of their way and give them plenty of room. They have JOBS!
And you can't change how folks drive.
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I can't believe this turned into a 60 mph, MH driving down the highway.
GO AROUND!!!!!!!!
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If they're trying to speed up to get in front of me, but are running out of merge lane, then I will slow down to let them in. If they are just running along the same speed as me I will hold my speed. When I see they are running out of lane, I use the air horns to warn them that it would not be smart to try to force my hand!

BTW- I've seen them run off the road to the right when I set down on those horns!
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If they "pace" me and don't appear to be paying attention, I tap the airhorn to "wake" them. I usually receive a 1 finger salute but I don't care. They need to speed up or slow down, it is their job to merge, not mine.
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