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Old 12-22-2014, 12:12 PM   #29
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Steve, I understand the idea, and do not disagree with it. It's common sense and common courtesy, and we do that here also, when practical.

My original statement was about those entering freeways and interstate highways without making an effort to gain similar speed, and without regard for those already driving at sometimes 70MPH, and expecting them to get out of their way.

Common sense and common courtesy are two way streets.

It's much easier and more practical for a person driving a 3000lb car to match the speed and flow of existing traffic when merging onto a multilane highway than it is for lets say a 60,000lb 18 wheeler, or even an 18,000 truck and trailer to slow down to the car's 20mph slower speed. The thing is, many times they just don't care what kind of a bind they put other people in, and actually thing they have the right of way.
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Old 12-22-2014, 01:04 PM   #30
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Failure to yield ROW upon entering is failure to space by 500' ahead of traffic.

IOW, causing traffic present on Interstate to brake or change lanes is the definition of the failure.

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Old 12-22-2014, 03:59 PM   #31
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Isn't that the truth!
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:33 PM   #32
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Have you ever been passed by a dump truck carrying gravel at 70 miles, 60 miles, 40 miles per hour? You see it coming in your driver's side mirror. You look at your speedometer, you look at the traffic situation... you look again and see the dump truck coming... and gaining momentum.

As he passes you just know the gravel on the bumper are going to jump off and catch your windshield or the front of your Airstream. Canvas over the load or not... Do you, what?

Slow Down?
Speed Up and move into the passing lane and get in front of the dump truck?
Do you hold your breath and then.... SEE the sign on the back...

"Stay BACK 500 feet and avoid a Cracked Windshield".

Thank you... for the warning.
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Have you ever been passed by a dump truck carrying gravel at 70 miles, 60 miles, 40 miles per hour? You see it coming in your driver's side mirror. You look at your speedometer, you look at the traffic situation... you look again and see the dump truck coming... and gaining momentum.

As he passes you just know the gravel on the bumper are going to jump off and catch your windshield or the front of your Airstream. Canvas over the load or not... Do you, what?

Slow Down?
Speed Up and move into the passing lane and get in front of the dump truck?
Do you hold your breath and then.... SEE the sign on the back...

"Stay BACK 500 feet and avoid a Cracked Windshield".

Thank you... for the warning.
I put the hammer down and keep that sucker in my rear view mirror!
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:28 PM   #34
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My opinion is that if a person isn't passing the vehicle to the right in a timely manner, then this person needs to move right.

Saturday I was stuck behind a UPS tractor trailer that took ten miles (no exaggeration) to make his pass and clear the left lane.

People like that, and "left lane loafers", irritate me to no end and make traffic a clusterflop.


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Put the blame where it belongs and that is on the guy he was passing. That cretin could easily have slowed down for a short distance and the whole thing would have over with.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:54 PM   #36
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He should have slowed down and let the guy make the pass, I would have, but the guy passing should have hung it up nonetheless.

At the end of the ten hour day, the difference in the two vehicles speeds would have amounted to a few hundred yards at best. By the time he got out of the lane there were thirty to fifty cars backed up behind them, and as usual, a certain percentage of them were arses and intent on cutting line and making things even more frustrating and DANGEROUS.


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Old 12-22-2014, 07:57 PM   #37
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Put the blame where it belongs and that is on the guy he was passing. That cretin could easily have slowed down for a short distance and the whole thing would have over with.

What? Then you're irritating the people behind you. I learned that you maintain speed when being passed.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:00 PM   #38
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Yes, I've seen truckers run side by side for what seemed like forever (probably was only a few miles), one trying to pass the other. Sometimes the one trying to pass eventually got back in line behind the one he was trying to pass. Must be like a game to them because I can see no other reason for it.
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It's no game just poor judgement.
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Have you ever been passed by a dump truck carrying gravel at 70 miles, 60 miles, 40 miles per hour? You see it coming in your driver's side mirror. You look at your speedometer, you look at the traffic situation... you look again and see the dump truck coming... and gaining momentum.

As he passes you just know the gravel on the bumper are going to jump off and catch your windshield or the front of your Airstream. Canvas over the load or not... Do you, what?

Slow Down?
Speed Up and move into the passing lane and get in front of the dump truck?
Do you hold your breath and then.... SEE the sign on the back...

"Stay BACK 500 feet and avoid a Cracked Windshield".

Thank you... for the warning.

Hi, I have been behind gravel and sand trucks on the freeway while driving a motorcycle. You either have to stop or pass this vehicle. The sand will be floating in the air for quite some time. I pass them.
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Yes, I've seen truckers run side by side for what seemed like forever (probably was only a few miles), one trying to pass the other. Sometimes the one trying to pass eventually got back in line behind the one he was trying to pass. Must be like a game to them because I can see no other reason for it.
Hi, I call this the 1/2 or one mile per hour pass. If the truck in front of you is going 62 MPH, and you're going 63 MPH, push the cruise control COAST button once and just follow them. [this is big rig against big rig] Same with going up a mountain pass where a big rig goes into the third lane to make a slow pass and blocks everyone else on the road.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:59 PM   #42
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Personally, I don't like to follow big rigs, at least not too close. I've seen them throw tire treads several times, and once coming back from Colorado in my wife's car, we just pulled into the Left lane to pass one when one of it's back doors flew open and started dumping potatoes all over the road.

Ever think about what a potato will do to the front of a car a 70MPH?
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