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Old 05-16-2016, 03:59 PM   #15
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I think safety dictates that we have to get comfortable with second place. Let others pass and jump ahead, and pray they make their destination, and you do as well.

Safety overrides pride every time!
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Old 05-16-2016, 10:03 PM   #17
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I was taught in drivers education to always maintain your speed so the person merging can adjust their speed to enter the lane. If I can safely move over I will. If not i maintain speed and let the other guy figure out a way to get in.
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:03 AM   #19
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If there are 3 or more lanes I DO NOT drive in the right lane, avoiding merging ON and OFF traffic.
I try to drive a different speed than every one else so they pull out ahead or drop back behind me.
I put a second rear slightly turned up camera so I can see tailgaters and traffic approaching from the rear better.
Avoid rush hours at all costs.
I like 4 lane highways so idiots can get around me.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:00 PM   #20
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Safety overrides pride every time!
Before we had a motorhome, I pulled an 18' boat behind a full size van. I learned real quickly that I had to drive defensively. On So Cal freeways I always used the second lane from the right (assuming 3 lanes or more). Changing lanes to avoid entering & exiting traffic isn't in my safe zone. Boating magazines at the time not only recommended this, but also, in the event of an imminent collision, suggested that you avoid evasive maneuvers. Just stay straight & ride it out. Very early one weekend morning, on a virtually deserted freeway, had a couple of cars racing each other. One swerved around me, clipped the back of the other; both drivers lost control. Looked like I would plow into them both, until one gained control & left the scene of the accident. Had I changed lanes to avoid hitting them, I would have probably lost control of the van (this time towing a 21' 4700 lb Sea Ray) & most definitely hit the car that ultimately spun into the right lane & down an embankment. Our 37' Class A, towing a Honda, is even less able to handle evasive maneuvers. I drive no faster than 62 mph. I drive in the same next to the right lane. With well over 100,000 RV miles under my belt I have had plenty of car drivers honk &/or flip me off. My wife & my safety is far more important than someone else's impatience. But that also means not being on the road or routes when traffic is likely to be the heaviest.
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I was taught in drivers education to always maintain your speed so the person merging can adjust their speed to enter the lane. If I can safely move over I will. If not i maintain speed and let the other guy figure out a way to get in.
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I was taught in drivers education to always maintain your speed so the person merging can adjust their speed to enter the lane. If I can safely move over I will. If not i maintain speed and let the other guy figure out a way to get in.
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not sure about out there but here that rarely works....I can only imagine the drivers ed courses that teach these people tell them to pace the person in the lane you're merging into and if they can't get over you continue to pace them if they try to slow down or speed up. At least that's what it feels like.

That reminds me of another type of merging car....the 187 mph merging car that floors it from the top of the ramp and comes out of nowhere on you doing 187 mph.

There's also the "pulls to far up at a red light on a 2 lane road that you're trying to make a left on" car that's always nice to have every trip. They stick that nose 5' out into the intersection so you have to swing out around them.

....and the "lets alternate between 52 and 82 mph on the freeway" car so I have to pass and get passed by them 835 times every hour during our trip.
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Since moving up to a bigger TT and TV I purchased a good dash cam to ahve a record of the idiot that causes the crash. Wired in and just does it thing when I start up. Let it run all the time with a 32GB card. I would suggest for anyone towing or driving a big unit.
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I try to be a courteous driver, but as the "me first" attitude takes over, people are becoming bigger jerks on the road. Like others, I use to stay in the right lane, but got tired of the idiots who enter the onramp and don't look at traffic until they run out of ramp. If it's a three lane road, I now stay in the center lane and people can work a little harder to pass me, because those same people will never let you change lanes (move left) if you get caught behind a slow vehicle. If traffic thins out, I'll move back over to the right lane.

When I'm forced to drive in the right lane, I don't change my speed at onramps. If the person entering the freeway isn't paying attention, they can stop or run off into the bushes. I don't consider this aggressive driving, but driver's training. Maybe some of these knuckleheads will learn to look left when entering a freeway.

My favorite thing sometimes......when the onramp merger ends up slowing down to almost nothing and when they finally start to merge, they realize there is still another 25' of truck and tow bar following me.

Lastly, have you ever noticed when you turn your left signal on, the front end of the cars in the lane to your left lifts up dramatically as they accelerate to keep you from changing lanes.
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As an 18 wd I can agree with all of you! But will say only this not the outside lane but the middle lane this lets everybody do their stupid best and I cruise in comfort. WATCH those mirrors. old knut
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I keep my speed when merging. If they cant speed up or slow down, they end up on the shoulder, if they hit me, so be it, im driving at a safe speed and the option is theirs. When merging, its like people make the same decision at the same time. For example, you decide to slow down to let them in and they decide to slow down at the exact same time to let you go ahead so no more. Keep your speed.
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I was taught in drivers education to always maintain your speed so the person merging can adjust their speed to enter the lane. If I can safely move over I will. If not i maintain speed and let the other guy figure out a way to get in.
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YEP! I'm of the mindset that it's not my job to make sure you merge correctly. I maintain speed and let you decide. "IF" I can safely move over to assist I will, but I drive that way whether I towing or not.
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Moving to the left for those merging encourages the thinking that those merging have the right of way. On the other hand you have to handle the reality that many fools already think that. Some problems have no solution.

When I merge onto an expressway I get on it and build up lots of speed, then it's my choice to merge by zooming ahead or braking.
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