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Old 11-07-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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Had this happen tonight for seemingly the millionth time. I am 3rd back in a line of cars merging onto the interstate. Right lane traffic is moving along at 60-70 and is fairly sparse. Lead car in the merge is going about 30 mph up the long straight ramp. It has a lot of room but still tries to merge onto the interstate at 45mph. This causes right lane cars to have to dodge the merging cars and/or stomp on their brakes, and all of the cars in the merge line are stuck at trying to merge into traffic with a 15-25mph speed differential. Dangerous situation.

Why don't some people accelerate on the ramp and merge in at through-traffic speed? Why won't they stomp on the gas? Trying to save fuel? Think they are going to hurt their engine? Please help me understand why people do this. I cringe every time I see this because there is a high potential for an accident.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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They don't know how to drive properly. That's it. No need to over think it.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:31 PM
 
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They don't know how to drive and merge. Frustrating for all involved.
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:05 PM
 
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They don't know how to drive properly. That's it. No need to over think it.
this is a big part of the problem, though fear of losing control is also a factor.
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:05 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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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?
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:15 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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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?
Nope, they come to a complete stop. Watched it happen, once again, today. If any of those people are reading this, YOU SUCK. Step on it!
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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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?
A flawed argument. What happens when you reach the end of the merge at 45 and no one lets you in then either? You still crash, except now you run the added risk of someone behind you rear ending you as they are trying to get up to speed.
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:51 PM
 
Location: USA
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Yes, not matching the speed of merging traffic is really dangerous. You see this ALL THE TIME in South Florida. It results in a lot of rear ender accidents.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:02 PM
 
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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?
The OP said traffic in the right lane was SPARSE. That means there was plenty of room to merge IF the merger was up to the speed of traffic.
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:14 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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Old beater car that can't accelerate quickly ...... or ........ old beater driver who can't easily and quickly bend her neck to see what's coming, and simultaneously look at the speedometer.
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