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Road Rage

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{Wheels.7.1}: Frank Vehafric {fvehafric} Tue, 24 Feb 2004 16:54:57 CST (1 line)

Tales from the dark side...

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{Wheels.7.2}: Patrice B. {patrice} Tue, 24 Feb 2004 18:36:02 CST (11 lines)

I'll post this in case anyone from my part of the mountains is
reading.

PLEASE NOTE:  When it is foggy, or icy, or just dark out, crawling up
the crack of my car's ass will NOT make me drive faster.  It will
actually make me go *slower* because now I am blinded by your brights
2 feet from my rearview mirror(that does not have a night adjustment)
and side mirror, and I need to slow down to adjust for my impaired
vision.  Please feel free to go around me if you want to exceed the
speed limit, or back the hell up so I can see and go back up to doing
the speed limit myself.

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{Wheels.7.3}: 99 Saturn SW4 {kitty} Tue, 24 Feb 2004 19:17:19 CST (HTML)

My turn.

If you see me coming toward you and you want to get into my lane, either wait for me to pass or be freakin' positive that your car has enough gumption to GET OUT OF MY WAY! ParTICularly if there in NOTHING behind me.

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{Wheels.7.4}: {michael33} Tue, 24 Feb 2004 23:28:40 CST (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:04:18 CDT}

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{Wheels.7.5}: '85 VW Vanagon; '89 Mazda 323 {patrice} Tue, 24 Feb 2004 23:41:22 CST (1 line)

eezackly.

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{Wheels.7.6}: Frank Vehafric {fvehafric} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 00:33:52 CST (2 lines)

I thought a little hickey to do an occasional caltrops drop would be
handy.

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{Wheels.7.7}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 05:39:30 CST (2 lines)

Here's mine for today: the lane in the middle is NOT for making left-
hand turns.

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{Wheels.7.8}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 08:36:26 CST (5 lines)

Hahaha!

Yikes!

Nothing too road rage inducing for me this morning.

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{Wheels.7.9}: CountryBumpkinDriverTrice {patrice} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 15:23:22 CST (1 line)

You have more than one lane?!  damn.

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{Wheels.7.10}: 99 Saturn SW {kitty} Wed, 25 Feb 2004 18:06:03 CST (HTML)

Yep. And still have people in the way.

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{Wheels.7.11}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 28 May 2004 08:38:35 CDT (10 lines)

This needs to be plastered in ALL media outlets!!!!

Do The RIGHT Thing!

The NMA is encouraging lane courtesy (also known as lane discipline).
As part of this campaign, we designated June as Lane Courtesy Month
and is kicked off the campaign with the slogan "Do the RIGHT Thing!"
Below you will find information on lane discipline and our campaign.

http://www.motorists.org/right/index.html

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{Wheels.7.12}: {michael33} Fri, 28 May 2004 15:51:54 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:04:22 CDT}

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{Wheels.7.13}: Jil {rabbit} Sat, 29 May 2004 07:27:07 CDT (1 line)

Which means the person they're passing is in the wrong lane...

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{Wheels.7.14}: {michael33} Sat, 29 May 2004 15:58:38 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:04:25 CDT}

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{Wheels.7.15}: Jil {rabbit} Sun, 30 May 2004 07:00:47 CDT (11 lines)

<<The right lane of a three lane highway - at least in the US
- is for ramp traffic and for people going slow. The center lane is
for normal traffic, and the left lane is for passing. >>

I guess we'll just have to disagree. That is wrong, wrong, wrong,
and incorrect too, but hey, everyone's entitled to their opinion, I
guess...;-)

For one thing, as we were taught at BMW driving school, the middle
lane is the most dangerous place to drive, since you don't have an
escape lane.

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{Wheels.7.16}: {michael33} Sun, 30 May 2004 15:37:27 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:04:27 CDT}

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{Wheels.7.17}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 31 May 2004 06:21:08 CDT (11 lines)

Well, Michael, it does require a modicum of common sense. Our
highways are just as overloaded as your interstates in many areas,
and it isn't always possible to do it the correct way. When there's
too much traffic, yes, you have to use the other two lanes. When the
traffic is lighter, or it's moving well, then you stay to the right
except to pass.

And the BMW driving school *was* about being a safe and law-abiding
driver. I'm surprised at your reaction, actually. Is it because you
dislike some people who drive these cars that you think the school
is out there teaching us how to speed and pull donuts?

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{Wheels.7.18}: {michael33} Mon, 31 May 2004 15:29:13 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:04:29 CDT}

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{Wheels.7.19}: Jil {rabbit} Mon, 31 May 2004 16:49:52 CDT (29 lines)

<<   No, I think it's teaching people how to drive for their own
protection (ref: 'escape lane') at the expense of being better
drivers
in the socially responsible sense.>>

Obviously our view of "socially responsible" is completely at odds.
But I'm sure even Volvo calls their method "defensive driving",
don't they?

As for referring to an "escape lane", how is that anything other
than being socially responsible? If you're in the middle lane, and a
driver from the left starts to bear over and you've got a car on
your right, it isn't just about your protection. You're now
involving two other vehicles. Move to the right and you strike that
driver; stay in your lane and the other driver strikes you. I fail
to see how alerting drivers to an "escape lane" is in any shape or
form a selfish act.

<<   Having one lane for traffic and two lanes for passing makes as
much
sense as putting all the slow cars in the left lane.>>

It does if drivers use the three lanes correctly. Slow traffic in
the left lane. Overtaking traffic in the middle lane, which moves to
the right when finished passing. Traffic moving faster than the
middle lane passes in that one.

Bottom line: if someone passes you on the right, you're in the wrong
lane.

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{Wheels.7.20}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Mon, 31 May 2004 20:34:44 CDT (HTML)

Bottom line: if someone passes you on the right, you're in the wrong lane.

I would agree with this.

Exit ramps are usually designed with a "decel" lane in addition to the "thru" lanes. The length of the "decel" lane will be based on the design speed of the highway and that of the ramp. Exemptions may be required in cities where right-of-way is constricted.

I don't know the current policy, but there have been times when tractor-trailers were being encourged to use the leftmost lane to get more even wear of the pavement and extend the time between resurfacings.

With the lighter traffic in the rural West, I often use all lanes to boost the "design speed" of the curves so my SUV doesn't roll over... Saves gas by shortening the distance too!

;-)

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{Wheels.7.21}: {michael33} Mon, 31 May 2004 23:16:57 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:04:32 CDT}

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{Wheels.7.22}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Mon, 31 May 2004 23:47:17 CDT (HTML)

If you are insisting on occupying a lane other than the right one when there is passing traffic, you are an obstacle and a hazard and a source of unpredictable behavior (deciding to move into the right lane just as someone is trying to pass you there.)

The safe capacity of the highway will be enhanced if the various speeds of traffic segregate into laminar flow with slower but greater densities on the right instead of mixing it up in the middle.

Declaring a hypothetical someone to be jerk fits well with the topic title, however.

;-)

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{Wheels.7.23}: {michael33} Tue, 01 Jun 2004 00:03:25 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:04:34 CDT}

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{Wheels.7.24}: Ted Hurst {thurst} Tue, 01 Jun 2004 00:24:49 CDT (HTML)

The "ramp function" works best when you occupy the lane next to the ramp which is usually the right lane and never, in my experience, the middle lane.

If you are in the way, it doesn't matter what lane you are in, or what speed you are traveling, and it qualifies you for the "jerk" tile as much as anything else would. With such creative thinking as you are exhibiting, the right lane is definitely safer, though you might want to consider the paved shoulder with the ditch as an escape lane. And even then keep your eyes peeled for the "jerks" that might be engaged in a mowing operation.

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{Wheels.7.25}: {michael33} Tue, 01 Jun 2004 04:21:16 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by michael33 Mon, 02 Oct 2006 06:04:36 CDT}

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