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Old 12-26-2012, 10:13 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by ronjhall View Post
So many times drivers forget the concept of using accelerator or brakes to merge in front or behind a vehicle when in traffic. Sometimes air horns work to get their memory working.
Sometimes, but not always!

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:17 AM   #16
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[QUOTE=NukeRef;1410497]She must have missed the DE class segment on merging ... in fact, I think 90% of the idiots in the on ramp missed that class. They mostly do not understand "acceleration lane."

And many don't understand the deceleration lane. I love when they begin to slow 1/4mi from the exit while still on the hwy/fwy.

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:17 AM   #17
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We pull a 16 ft trailer filled with Harleys...seems the decals on the back of the RV and the trailer let idiots know that I can develop a serious attitude if need be...

if they cannot merge in a safe manner than they need to get over it..

Installing a train horn system this spring...I will hit that and watch them change their shorts..

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:33 AM   #18
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I used to "stand my ground" in such situations but I guess age has mellowed me. When on the road these days, instead of trying to "teach bad drivers a lesson" I slow down and let them in. A good trip is one which I return from unharmed.

I do still like those occasions when a little car thinks blowing their horn at me is a good idea. It's comical to hear the little "beep"... followed by a four second blast from my air horns.

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:42 AM   #19
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I'm glad other people have observed this and it just wasn't me. I generally like to stay in the middle lane when going thru major cities but sometimes you just get caught in the right lane. It's amazing how they can't gage their speed to merge.
I do the same as people just seem to pace along side oblivious to the giant barge along side.

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:04 AM   #20
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Mohos are just huge obstructions that nobody in a car wants to get behind.

And I'd bet big money that this sentiment is shared by every driver on this site when they're behind the wheel of an ordinary vehicle!
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:20 AM   #21
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its sad that 25% of drivers don't know the rules of the road or just don't care
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:20 PM   #22
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The one big factor in this behavior of not knowing how to merge is the me first, get out of my way thing.

It also shows up in other areas of their driving habits. They are probably the same ones that carve it across in front of you from the fast lane and slam on the brakes and turn off.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:51 PM   #23
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its sad that 25% of drivers don't know the rules of the road or just don't care
In Las Vegas it's much higher then that!!!!
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:57 PM   #24
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I have found that when merging it's sometime hard to judge the speed and location of the vehicle to your left. IMO it's just easier and safer if I slow down to let them in, I'm not in that big of a hurry. I assume all drivers around me are idiots and drive accordingly. Why not just let them in and not be "that idiot in the motorhome"?
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:04 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by tj4dirt View Post
Why not just let them in and not be "that idiot in the motorhome"?

Because, as so well put earlier:

Originally Posted by slickest1 View Post
The one big factor in this behavior of not knowing how to merge is the
me first, get out of my way thing.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:12 PM   #26
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In reading through this entire thread I've only seen a couple of posts where one of us would have taken preventative or defensive actions to avoid an accident. There are even a couple of posts that would lead me to believe that the poster could become outwardly aggressive given the situation. This is what can and will lead to a Road Rage incident. Considering that we are operating some of the largest vehicles on the road and in many cases have children on board this is entirely the wrong attitude to take.

The way that law enforcement, insurance companies and lawyers look at accidents these days isn't necessarily black and white. If they can prove that you could have taken steps to prevent the accident, but didn't, you can be held just as liable as the driver who actually caused the accident. An example being an on ramp where a driver in the travel lane refused to slow down to allow access to a vehicle entering the highway from the on ramp. Just sayin'...
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As a couple of others have said, mellowing with age means keeping a lookout ahead and if a vehicle appears in the merging lane and the next lane is free, move over to let the merging vehicle in free and clear. If the next lane is blocked, then it isn't hard to adjust own speed a little to make it obvious to the other vehicle that they can get in front or behind.

However, if it seems to be getting in to a braking contest (which puts you in danger from vehicles behind) then leaning on the air-horn and maintaining fixed speed is probably the safest course.

Germany has the best-trained drivers. Appear in the on-ramp and anything in the slow lane just automatically moves to the left to let you in. Magic.
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It is sad that those idiot drivers drag us down to their level, and then beat us with experience.

I to get upset when the oncoming ramp just keeps pace. I will always slow down to let them in rather than cause an accident, but it is still frustrating.

Just as frustrating, as earlier pointed out is the exit ramp. Traffic is traveling at 65 mph, exit ramp ahead. Exit speed posted at 35 mph and trust me, way before they get to the exit ramp they are at 35 mph starting to back up the traffic on the freeway.

Let's just put it another way. "You can't fix stupid!"

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