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Old 05-23-2016, 05:52 PM   #15
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California tried the law to have the merger have the right-a-way - caused to many accidents. They changed back in less than a year.
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:53 PM   #16
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I had a good friend in a very similar situation on I 44 where the tractor trailer was accelerating quickly on the ramp. She moved to the left lane and was passing the slower truck which had just moved into the right lane that she exited. As she passed the tractor trailer who was next to her on the ramp (both traveling down hill), her trailer swayed into the truck and he clipped the trailer which sent it into a sway. It ended up she lost control of the swaying trailer and her trailer was destroyed and her Suburban ended up on it's side. She was okay along with her two dog companions. A nice passerby followed her to the hospital (along with the dogs) and drove her home which was about an hour northeast of the accident scene. She noted to me that she probably should have either slowed to allow the truck to enter in front of her.

One of the reasons I stay around 60 when towing is the ability to react. Many a time I've seen that semi on the ramp and have backed off to allow it to enter the Interstate in front of me.

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Old 05-23-2016, 07:10 PM   #17
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If not speed up and cut the bastard off..
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That is what that semi did to us many years ago, almost causing a major accident. [Post #5] But for our quick defensive and courteous braking to let him in, . . .

[not something to suggest IMO, even jokingly . . . ]

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Old 05-23-2016, 08:20 PM   #18
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Another i44 scare. Not to long ago we were on 44 going from colaw Rv at Carthage no to Springfield traveling in the fast lane at about 65. A semi in front of me jerked into the right lane .in front of me was a car half way in the road with 2 people changing a tire on the traffic side in the road. The truck to my right locked up all 16 wheels and I was able to pull to the right and miss them. I probably missed them by 3-4 inches. I was so shook up I had to pull over. Thank god the trucker to my right saw what was happening and reacted. Call the no highway police and was told they already had cars on the way. Someone else had stopped to help them get it off the road and they refused and appeared to be drunk.
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:50 PM   #19
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Watch for crazy people. They're everywhere!

Glad you were wide awake. Good job!

I say that all the time!

And, they seem to be breeding!!


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Old 05-23-2016, 10:59 PM   #20
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if you are talking about the right interstate lane, then this is so wrong. But then again I see its Oregon so I guess it makes sense.

I was thinking the same thing. Since you said it, I'll just say, "What he said!"


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The point I was making is that if you anticipate the merging vehicle's entry point you can decide if it is safe to maintain speed where you will be ahead of it or slow down to allow it to enter without racing it to be in front. I believe that is the basis of this vehicle code in Oregon where the right lane vehicle has a better view than the merging vehicle.

I am sure there are laws in your states that would seem strange to others. No need to slam Oregon, we love this beautiful state. You and avionstream must have had a bad experience here to make such a negative statement and if so, I am sorry that the good didn't outweigh the bad.
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Thinned skinned! Oregon is beautiful, just strange. Have a great day.
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Awwww, c'mon NWRVR..... all in good fun. Oregon IS a beautiful state.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard about toothless/barefoot folks in Arkansas, I would have retired a long time ago.

Strange merging law, though.

And, I know that you and I would get along because you drive a PowerStroke! And, you use it to tow a silver trailer!! Nuff said!
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Or people making fun of Floridians! We're all different and so are our states.good camping
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:11 AM   #24
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Do what you got to do to be away from a merging semi, you wont loose much time if you slow down. Remember, semi's always win.
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Could have been bad

I 44 is the Wild West here in Missouri with 70 mph speed limits and minimal enforcement once you get out of the metropolitan areas. With the rolling Ozarks that start just southwest of St Louis, the independents will roll at 80 sometimes to minimize the uphill downshifts. I just stay in the right lane and move over a little when I see them fast approaching in the mirror on some of the downhill stretches of road. This is one interstate where you need to stay alert.

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California tried the law to have the merger have the right-a-way - caused to many accidents. They changed back in less than a year.
OK, this got me thinking so I Googled and the Oregon statute was amended (it doesn't say what so maybe I had it wrong in the first place) but the current statute states that the merging driver must give the right lane driver the right of way. Even so, I will still drop back if we are going to be at the same place in time rather than have "....but he had the right of way" on my tombstone!
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Awwww, c'mon NWRVR..... all in good fun. Oregon IS a beautiful state.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard about toothless/barefoot folks in Arkansas, I would have retired a long time ago.

Strange merging law, though.

And, I know that you and I would get along because you drive a PowerStroke! And, you use it to tow a silver trailer!! Nuff said!
OK, I have heard those before and yes, we do keep Portland weird......
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Thinned skinned! Oregon is beautiful, just strange. Have a great day.
Not normally but we had just arrived home after a long day, a beautiful week of camping on the coast and I had forgotten that we do keep Portland weird..... the word must have gotten out.
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