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Old 10-25-2009, 07:13 PM   #15
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We made our annual trip from Pa to SC last week. Over the summer we drove over 5500 miles and didn't experience the dangerous drivers we found on I-95 south of Richmond VA.
Twice we were about run off the road at interchanges with traffic merging. In our cases neither driver merged, they just pulled onto the raodway.
Our third experience was with a Mercedes Benz that owned the road. I actually thought he was going to pass us on the berm,but, instead ran the driver to his left off the road to get around us. Even the truck drivers couldn't believe what they saw.
ALL OF THE DRIVERS WERE FROM QUEBEC Ca.
Please folks, be careful out there and watch for these idiots.
Idiots are idiots regardless of where they come from.
I am not defending the idiots from Quebec. However I run across idiots (as you put it) on every highway in the US and Canada.

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Old 10-25-2009, 07:37 PM   #16
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The air horns didn't faze the merging drivers. On the way back from the Tampa RV shoe next year I plan on stopping at the I-75 Chrome shop outside Lake City, if I can find it, and get a set of the Railroad air horns!
At least they will know i'm around with them.
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:46 PM   #17
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The only saving grace is your heading to SC and not to Quebec and dealing with them on a daily basis!!! There are terrible drivers all over the world but I love and respect the Interstate driving in the States.. Have a great winter.
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:49 PM   #18
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The air horns didn't faze the merging drivers. On the way back from the Tampa RV shoe next year I plan on stopping at the I-75 Chrome shop outside Lake City, if I can find it, and get a set of the Railroad air horns!
At least they will know i'm around with them.
I've blasted a couple of errant drivers with my air horns, and they were oblivious to them as they were to my MH. Sigh.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:22 AM   #19
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Try driving though Atlanta. Those people are crazy. The things that I do not understand are;

1. Why should we have speed limits at 70 MPH? At 70 most people drive 80 to 85 MPH. It would seem that 60 MPH should be a maximun.

2. Speed is checked by Aircraft. Speed is checked by electronic detection. Speed is checked by radar. Do the different states really think that will slow drivers down?

3. Today's law enforcement are young people that really are not interested in enforcing the laws.

Idiots that you talk about are the majority that have the need for speed at anyone's cost. Doesn't make any difference if you are driving a motorhome, pulling a travel trailer, or driving a car. It's all the same. The fines at go with the violations are out dated. Minimum fines for speeding should start at $200.00 and go up from there. Fines for using your cell phone while driving should start at $1,000.00 and up. In order to get the idiots to obey the laws, you have to send a clear message.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:53 AM   #20
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Had to chuckle at recent report that Illinois is raising speed limit from 55 to 65 for us RV'ers next year. Usually set speed control @ 62mph and get blown off the road by everyone including trucks who are supposed to go 55. IMHO speed limits on freeways are only good if a cop is near. Bottom line - DRIVE DEFENSIVELY.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:01 AM   #21
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Had to chuckle at recent report that Illinois is raising speed limit from 55 to 65 for us RV'ers next year. Usually set speed control @ 62mph and get blown off the road by everyone including trucks who are supposed to go 55. IMHO speed limits on freeways are only good if a cop is near. Bottom line - DRIVE DEFENSIVELY.
I thought it was odd that they restricted RVs to 55 anyway. I tried and lots of other RVs left me in the dust. On the way back from vacation I just avoided Ill..
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:26 AM   #22
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There is a movie, Science fiction at least in part, called "The great Traffic Jam" as I recall.. in the movie they had a very high-tech traffic control center with changable message signs along the highway, cameras, and sensors in the road......... Only it's not fiction. (Save for the address) It's where I worked for 11 of the 25 years I worked for the state.

Well, I can tell you from PERSONAL OBSEVATION (And not all of it via those cameras) that Richmond does not have a lock on idiot drivers.

I've seen 'em in and around Detroit (Via camera and somewhat more closely) and Lansing, Mi. and My daughter has seen a few in Las Vegas.. The last one dang near put her in the hospital and did the driver in front of her.

IN Las Vegas there is a very well named company... Sin City Hookers

You "Sin" against the laws of the road.. and one of their employees will gladly come out and hooker up what remains of your car.. For an obscene fee of course.
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:11 AM   #23
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Had to chuckle at recent report that Illinois is raising speed limit from 55 to 65 for us RV'ers next year. Usually set speed control @ 62mph and get blown off the road by everyone including trucks who are supposed to go 55. IMHO speed limits on freeways are only good if a cop is near. Bottom line - DRIVE DEFENSIVELY.
Now I have a totally different take on the Illinois limit of 55 for semis & RVs...on the two Interstates we travel, 74 & 57. It's the most pleasant driving experience we have. Set the speed at 60-62 and most of the semi & RV traffic holds pretty steady, letting the cars pass. There are, of course a few big rigs who pass us, but not many in comparisan to other states.

Now if you're referring to I-80, all bets are off on that drag strip

I'm sorry to see the speed limit change
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Dick & Pat - Agree that 80 is a zoo, but we have traveled extensively on 55, 57 and, just this past week-end, I 65 south. On every jaunt on these roads, with cruise @ 62, every semi on the road has passed me. Even saw some radar cops on 65 in median clocking trucks doing at least 65-70 to pass me and never once was anyone stopped. The 55 mph limit, for the most part, was a hoax.
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I've had many interesting trips on 95. I drive slower in the MH and usually stay in the right lane. Pulling a toad or the trailer, I'm about 60' long.

I can't speed up quickly. I can't slow down quickly. Changing lanes requires much more thought and advance planning.

Still, there are many people who will drive to the end of an onramp and then decide it's time to look for an opening. If I'm there next to these drivers, they're out of luck. I can't help them.

I've had a few drivers who had to go on the shoulder because they weren't paying attention.

On an onramp, you need to start looking for an opening right away, and adjust your speed as necessary. Also, merge as soon as you have a broken line and an opening. Don't just go to the end of the lane expecting an opening.
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I went down Hwy 57 in Illinois last week and it beat me to death.

How about the little cars that come up and stay along side of you and don't pass and you have to slow down every time you come up on someone?
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Hmmm ....maybe Interstate driving in Illinois has changed since a year ago, from the other opinions I'm seeing. Always have found it to be the smoothest flowing Interstate driving experience.
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i to live in sc idrive up and down 95 in alotta states peaple can be rude the thing that gets me is they forget what they handle on the left side of steering column it goes up and down and sometimes back and fourth they forget howto use it what is it called?
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