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Old 05-22-2016, 12:25 PM   #1
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Could have been bad

Yesterday, we were towing our Avion in SW Missouri. We were on I-49 just south of I-44. There is an entrance ramp (a clover leaf kind of entrance) that is mainly used by cars and trucks that have been at a Love's station that is at that exit. A semi was on that entrance ramp just as we were coming to it. Our speed would have put us way past the ramp by the time the semi got there and we needed the I-44 east exit less than 1/4 mile ahead, but the driver was coming wayyyyy too fast and he must have been heavy because his momentum pushed him into our lane. I saw this happening, knew we were clear on the left, so I moved into the left lane to avoid him smashing into the right side of our Avion.

I'm glad I had room to move left, or we would have been hit, fer shur.

Not placing the blame entirely on the trucker..... Replaying that scenario in my head, I should have slowed and given that truck room in the event that he MIGHT overshoot that ramp like he did.

Will surely remember that in the future.

( And, even though I can supposedly travel at 70-75 mph with the tires that are on our trailer ( which I think is foolish under even the best conditions), I was doing our normal 60 mph max, so that helped with the evasive maneuver. )


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Old 05-22-2016, 12:46 PM   #2
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Glad everyone is okay.


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Old 05-22-2016, 01:10 PM   #3
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Close one, you paying attention helped. Good luck.
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:12 PM   #4
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Good move. Rule you learned, fortunately with no incident, when possible yield to 18 wheelers. I figure they are working, I am no longer, let them go. Really glad nothing happened.
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:24 PM   #5
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Glad you are OK. Had a close-call with a semi in the 90's with our 25' in a construction zone with no spare room in any lane. The semi was barreling down an entrance ramp with no way to merge safely onto the Interstate without ramming the line of cars. At night to boot. We saw him ahead of time and quickly slowed way down to create space, flashed our lights, and he moved in just before going in the construction ditch on his right, or slamming into the other cars to his left in our lane.

The trucker was very appreciative and waved and flashed his lights, as we passed him later. We both woke up a LOT!

It happened so quickly . . .

One of our closest calls ever . . .

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Old 05-22-2016, 02:26 PM   #6
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On numerous occasions we have had Semis move to the left lane to let us in. They move to the left lane if possible when passing someone on the side of the road. They are not able to accelerate and brake like a sports car and like us need a break/brake from time to time. Glad you were able to give it to them.

Generally, I am able to rationalize a different perspective for folks who are working. The repair van, the commuters, the delivery truck and the road crew all get a pass when possible.

The mother going to pick up the kids, the salesman late for a meeting and the student heading to class are a bit difficult to spot.

You do the best you can to be civil and help folks out. That lets me justify running in the next lane to not have to make one of those rapid transitions at the last minute or slam on the brakes when they just are not looking.

My CEO, assigned the job when I retired, has been saying for years "They are all out to get you!" She is now and always has been correct. Drive defensively and plan your moves a long way ahead. The smoother you transition the safer you are. When that does not work, slowing is not a crime. Do not be afraid to turn on the flashers. It's easy to turn them off when the hazard clears.

Again, really glad you are all safe. Thenks for posting the experience. We all need a reminder from time to time and straightening aluminum and healing body parts is a very bad way to get that reminder.

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Glad you were wide awake. Good job!
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:32 PM   #8
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Your anticipation saved you it sounds like. Having a contingency plan is absolutely necessary whether towing or not. It is so much better to hear about avoided crashes than the ones that did happen and seemed to be avoidable
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:53 PM   #9
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Our Oregon traffic law requires the right lane traffic to slow down to allow on-ramp vehicles to merge if both will be at the same spot in the right lane at the same time. If there is an accident, the right lane vehicle is at fault.
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Our Oregon traffic law requires the right lane traffic to slow down to allow on-ramp vehicles to merge if both will be at the same spot in the right lane at the same time. If there is an accident, the right lane vehicle is at fault.

Do they also have yield signs on the interstate where the right lane must yield for vehicles that are not on the highway yet?

Seems bass-akwards to me.

Note: Came home this afternoon. Got parked in the back yard before the rain started. Had a nice weekend in Branson.


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Old 05-23-2016, 05:28 PM   #11
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one of the biggest gripes i see is drivers coming onto the interstate at 45MPH trying to merge in 70mph traffice. they give you room to get up to speed so step on the gas dumbass..

If I see one coming up the ramp i try to pace them to allow them room to get in or move or and give them the lane if possible..

sometime i have to slam the door on them cause they are too dumb to get in traffic.. I leave them sitting on the side of the road with no place to go but the rumble stips.. ohwell

that one one thing i taught my kids when learning to drive... get you speed up with traffice coming up the merge lane, put on your blinker and folks will, most of the time, let you in.

If not speed up and cut the bastard off..
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Our Oregon traffic law requires the right lane traffic to slow down to allow on-ramp vehicles to merge if both will be at the same spot in the right lane at the same time. If there is an accident, the right lane vehicle is at fault.
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.
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that one one thing i taught my kids when learning to drive... get you speed up with traffice coming up the merge lane, put on your blinker and folks will, most of the time, let you in.

Had a perfect example of a driver who had SOMEONE in their past teach them how to do it........: we're rolling along at about 62..... There's a long entrance ramp on our right. NICE Mercedes E-class merging on. He sees that we both have lots of room, he sees that I'm at a slower pace..... He puts his foot in it ( blinker on ) and comes in my lane well ahead of me, doing 70-75mph.

Unfortunately, the exception, not the rule.



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Old 05-23-2016, 05:44 PM   #14
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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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