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Old 05-03-2016, 08:24 PM   #57
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Maybe I'm not as observant as I used to be but I think many sates have removed the merge signs.

Maybe, but they still must do so. Or not. Perhaps the constabularies assume that folks know what to do, even though many don't have a clue and search for it every time they enter an expressway?
Heck, nobody recognizes the "merge here" sign in a construction zone!
I will not try to figger this out.


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Old 05-04-2016, 08:51 AM   #58
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I dislike the folks who either pay no attention or think they are more important that everyone else with lane end merges.

The road home goes from 2 to single lane and we always get in right lane well out.

There are some that straddle both and others that will rip past well after the lane is gone and at last minute pull in while looking at us like we are the bad guy.
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:58 PM   #59
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....- WHO is responsible for making the BIG move if/when a merging automobile runs out of on ramp with a large RV occupying the spot in the lane they're trying to enter.
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The vehicle established on the roadway should maintain speed. The merging (burdened) vehicle has to adjust. (Of course you can make a slight adjustment to provide room for the mergee.)

Rapidly increasing the RV's speed to outrun the mergee before he reaches end of the entry ramp is most likely wishful thinking. Slowing down now accordions the traffic behind you and the following mass of mergees now have nowhere to go. Or more likely you brake firmly just as he does.

Drive your own vehicle and let him drive his. Only one vehicle has the right of way...
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There is a old Chinese Proverb: 'He who has the most lug nuts wins'
Hmmm I thought it was "He who has the biggest lug nuts wins"!!
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:13 PM   #61
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Maybe I'm not as observant as I used to be but I think many sates have removed the merge signs.
Doesn't matter, online traffic has the right of way. As I stated earlier, every on ramp in WA state has an implied "Yield" sign at it's end.
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It seems like more times than not in city traffic, you can't pull over due to passing traffic to your left. This leaves only two options, hold your position, or slow down. Slowing down only exacerbates traffic congestion. If there are more than two lanes, I always run in the 2nd from the right and try to match speeds with a truck in front of me.
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I know we have been talking about merging traffic from the ON RAMP. Now, how about those characters running along at whatever interstate speed and a quarter mile or more, take their foot off the go-pedal and quickly slow down in anticipation of the OFF RAMP, often with their foot on the brake. I had an eye opener this morning of that accordion effect. I had no idea that I could lock up a vehicle's brakes (my truck) with ABS but I sure did. It was a little elderly lady in an, ahem, white Buick about 4-5 cars ahead and who could barely see through the steering wheel spokes out of the windshield (please don't take exception of my person and car description - that's just what it was)
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Wow !
This has gotten Way out of hand !
Depending on where you are just Drive your lane - mergers will either sneak in or slow down !
My advise - if your in the city - drive the center lane and your safe - unless your driving through Atlanta and they will merge across all 4 lanes - while texting - drinking coffee - Ect Ect !


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This is all about defense driving folks a lot of years ago (in another life) I was a motorcycle cop, there was a name for that little ol lady who couldn't see through the steering wheel past the hood ornament of her Buick. Her name was Henretta Hinsh*t, her husband wasn't much better and she taught her kids to drive. She will pull out in front of you, she will stop in front of you without warning she will merge into traffic doing 30 while you are barreling down the freeway at 70 MPH. Be ware of the Hinsh*t family they will wreck you.
You drive farther ahead of yourself than you ever have in any other vehicle, anticipate their move.
It may be their fault, but you loose.
I go drive slightly slower than the surrounding traffic flow, don't get in a hurry. For the most part I drive at 65 MPH on any highway.
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Been a lot of discussion on this. I too battle almost daily with mergers who come on the HGWY way slower than traffic. It drives me crazy!

Another perspective though on the right and wrong.

I was sitting at a stop sign waiting for the one car on the road to clear. Another car came from the stop sign opposite me and didn't want to wait. A cell phone was involved.

Impatient cell phone user gassed it and tried to beat the driver with the "right of way", hit her and forced her car into me. She then ran into a house when she veered off. She was completely in the WRONG, the other driver and I were completely in the RIGHT.

I have a metal plate, 4 screws, and donor bone in my neck from that accident. I have damage to 3 facet nerves in my neck. I will for the rest of my life pay for this driver's mistake, her WRONG.

Doesn't make a bit of difference that I was in the RIGHT, doesn't make a bit of difference that the other driver was in the WRONG. I was the one hurt. No matter how much I want that other driver to merge at the CORRECT speed, I will NOT fight with them about it. I plan to go home and no more surgeries if there is any way I can prevent it.

Keep safe on the road. Irritation is not fatal, road rage often is and so can be refusing to give the right away. Remember "Huff and Puff's" post?
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My advise - if your in the city - drive the center lane and your safe - unless your driving through Atlanta and they will merge across all 4 lanes - while texting - drinking coffee - Ect Ect !


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Atlanta? Oh. My. Gawd. I live northwest of metro Atlanta.

I have seen far too many people make a left turn starting in the far right lane and the opposite, a right turn starting in the far left lane. All without really watching. The same goes for 285, also known as the Perimeter.

I hate driving in Atlanta.
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I will move over if I can do so safely. If not I just maintain my speed. It is up to the merging traffic to adjust to me not the other way around. What scares me most is when someone stops on the on ramp. That is a recipe for disaster if there is traffic behind them.
And don't even get me started on attenuated on ramps in construction zones where you can't hardly see the oncoming traffic until you have to merge.
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Atlanta? Oh. My. Gawd. I live northwest of metro Atlanta.

I have seen far too many people make a left turn starting in the far right lane and the opposite, a right turn starting in the far left lane. All without really watching. The same goes for 285, also known as the Perimeter.

I hate driving in Atlanta.
Been driving through Cities off and on the last 25 years. as I mentioned earlier- in cities drive the center lane- be cautious and drive your lane ! Your always gonna have idiots bopping in and out of traffic. If this bothers you --perhaps you should park it !
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Been driving through Cities off and on the last 25 years. as I mentioned earlier- in cities drive the center lane- be cautious and drive your lane ! Your always gonna have idiots bopping in and out of traffic. If this bothers you --perhaps you should park it !
First you tell us this is getting out of hand ......then you type in all bold and tell some of us to park it. Very interesting.

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