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Old 11-08-2014, 06:10 AM
 
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Let's say all drivers do what you propose they should do, what happens when no one will give you way and you reach the end of the merge lane at your high speeds. What do you do then? Crash?
I've had it happen, I just continue on the shoulder and let the car go past me. Not a big deal.
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I just has a similar situation. The car in front of me on an entrance ramp suddenly slowed to a near stop to avoid accelerating to merge with traffic. I saw the car slowing and simply passed it on the right shoulder of the entrance ramp. As there was a truck following me I did not want to slow down. I will use as much of the pavement as I need.

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Old 11-08-2014, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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They don't care about other drivers, they'll get up to speed when they're darn good and ready. BTW, what are you doing on THEIR road?
Exactly!! It's funny to see this thread as I was a victim of this a few days ago.

A lady in a 1 or 2 year old V6 powered Acura was in front of me going at a snail's pace up the ramp and trying to merge on a MAJOR highway in downtown Indianapolis (I-65) during the morning rush hour where the average speed is around 70 mph!!! She almost killed both of us... I finally stepped on it and merged on before the ramp actually met the highway in the small window I had... As I passed her, I made the hand gesture to her to "step on it" and she got SO mad!!! It was so funny.... She laid on the horn for a good 10-15 seconds. Of course, at that point, I couldn't help but blow her a big fat kiss and a very smart alec wave!!!

I think the bottom line is they just can't drive and don't get the idea about ramps and laws of physics!!
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I'll bet they all consider themselves to be very safe drivers by going so slow.
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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If I have a snail in front of me on the on ramp (and it happens here too quite a bit), I back off and slow down even more to put enough room between me and them that I can quickly accelerate and move into the center lane past them once I get on the highway. It makes the people behind me really mad, but there's absolutely no point in tailgating the slow poke because then you end up having to merge behind them at their speed which is dangerous and frustrating.
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Let's say all drivers do what you propose they should do, what happens when no one will give you way and you reach the end of the merge lane at your high speeds. What do you do then? Crash?
If you're not checking for an opening before you get to the end of the merge lane, you're doing it wrong. You should never plan your merge on the assumption that people will just get out of your way. The traffic on the highway has the right-of-way, so you have to give way to them, find a gap in traffic, and accelerate or decelerate as necessary to fit into that gap without disrupting the flow of traffic behind you.

It's all about reading the traffic around you, which requires paying attention to the road!


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You can't help getting close to them. They are driving in a dangerous manner, and they are leaving you with only 2 choices, both of which are dangerous. You can either try to get up to proper merging speed and end up in their tail, or you can drive as slowly as them and risk someone on the highway crashing into you when you try to enter it.
Option C: hang way back until the slowpoke is on the highway. At least you'll still have some room to accelerate once he's out of the way. For all you know, he could stop at the end of the ramp, and if you're tailgating him, that could put you in an even more dangerous situation.
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:32 AM
 
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Timid, fearful, complete lack of confidence in their abilities (clearly justified).


Absolutely!
However, to your list I would add, "drivers who have no clue".


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If I have a snail in front of me on the on ramp (and it happens here too quite a bit), I back off and slow down even more to put enough room between me and them that I can quickly accelerate and move into the center lane past them once I get on the highway. It makes the people behind me really mad, but there's absolutely no point in tailgating the slow poke because then you end up having to merge behind them at their speed which is dangerous and frustrating.
That is exactly what I do.
If you tailgate the slowpoke, you aren't giving yourself enough acceleration room when you finally are able to nail the gas pedal. Backing-off a bit is much safer for you.


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If cars behind the slopepoke are following too close to them
What if they aren't driving on a slope?

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Old 11-08-2014, 08:44 AM
 
Location: I am right here.
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They don't care about other drivers, they'll get up to speed when they're darn good and ready. BTW, what are you doing on THEIR road?
Yeah, there are too many people with this attitude.

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I'll bet they all consider themselves to be very safe drivers by going so slow.
Yep. I've been stuck behind drivers in various situations going anywhere from 10-20 mph below the speed limit (on clean, dry pavement*), and also stuck behind slow mergers, and when I finally get around them, some of them will flash their lights at me or beep their horn, or make some other gesture that indicates they think I'm going too fast.

*Snow and ice is a different situation - this situation does often require travel below the posted limit, depending on road conditions, and also requires larger gaps between vehicles if it is very slippery.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Humans were not designed to travel any faster than the speed of a galloping horse.
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:19 AM
 
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If I have a snail in front of me on the on ramp (and it happens here too quite a bit), I back off and slow down even more to put enough room between me and them that I can quickly accelerate and move into the center lane past them once I get on the highway. It makes the people behind me really mad, but there's absolutely no point in tailgating the slow poke because then you end up having to merge behind them at their speed which is dangerous and frustrating.
This is something I do as well. Need that gap to accelerate and merge at some kind of speed.
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