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Old 04-21-2009, 11:25 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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FWIW, the majority of issues I see around here are due to a substantial increase in volume over recent years. A lot of folks aren't accustomed to a large number of vehicles on the main lanes, so they sit and wait for an opening before merging.

This is very apparent at the I-10W/1604N interchange (by The Rim), where people seem to have an almost total seizure due to a cloverleaf intersection. Rather than looking at the ramp from 1604 to 10 as they approach the cloverleaf, they wait until they get to the intersection and then stop to watch as traffic exiting 1604 enters the I-10 entrance ramp.

In all my years driving throughout the Northeastern Corridor of the US, I've never really seen this--at least not when there's plenty of space and no backed-up traffic. I understand it when there's a bumper-to-bumper situation, but that rarely happens here. Indeed, many of the issues are caused by timid or overly-aggressive drivers.

--Dim
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I don't know the answer to this, just an little rant... I was getting on to 10 yesterday from Colorado (which is usually not a hassle) with a load of other cars and an 18 wheeler would not move over to the fast lane for me. I rode the shoulder of 10 for nearly 1/4 of a mile (almost to the Cincinatti exit). The guy had plenty of room to move over!

It was the scariest thing that's happened to me since I've gotten on to 35 at Frio and the same thing happened to me there (but the truck couldn't move over). Now I make a habit of moving over the left lane in areas where I know lots of people get on and it is sometimes tough to merge.

Unless... I'm exiting in that lane that ends, like my lovely De Zavala exit. I know TXHwyMan has mentioned the eventually combination of Woodstone/De Zavala, but at this point in time I almost kill myself on a weekly basis exiting there. I wish there was a way around getting home!
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:42 AM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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I don't know the answer to this, just an little rant... I was getting on to 10 yesterday from Colorado (which is usually not a hassle) with a load of other cars and an 18 wheeler would not move over to the fast lane for me. I rode the shoulder of 10 for nearly 1/4 of a mile (almost to the Cincinatti exit). The guy had plenty of room to move over!

It was the scariest thing that's happened to me since I've gotten on to 35 at Frio and the same thing happened to me there (but the truck couldn't move over). Now I make a habit of moving over the left lane in areas where I know lots of people get on and it is sometimes tough to merge.

Unless... I'm exiting in that lane that ends, like my lovely De Zavala exit. I know TXHwyMan has mentioned the eventually combination of Woodstone/De Zavala, but at this point in time I almost kill myself on a weekly basis exiting there. I wish there was a way around getting home!
A lot of states in this country have laws against 18 wheelers being in the fast lane. I'm not sure if TX does...but the driver could've been from out of state and might not have known. Just sayin'. If there were 3 lanes (which you don't indicate, you said "fast lane") then he should absolutely make an effort to move over to the middle lane.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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...(have been to/worked in all 50 states and all 7 continents)...
How's the traffic in Antarctica?
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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A lot of states in this country have laws against 18 wheelers being in the fast lane. I'm not sure if TX does...but the driver could've been from out of state and might not have known. Just sayin'. If there were 3 lanes (which you don't indicate, you said "fast lane") then he should absolutely make an effort to move over to the middle lane.
True that. I know once you get into San Marcos/Austin that rule is enforced (and it's amazing!) But in SA, it definitely is not. It was two lanes (lower level of 10 near downtown).
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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How's the traffic in Antarctica?

Decent amount of foot traffic these days. They were beautiful trips though.
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:10 PM
 
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You've been to Antarctica? What for? Did you have fun studying plankton through microscopes? No other reason to go there...
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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He was penguin hunting
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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You've been to Antarctica? What for? Did you have fun studying plankton through microscopes? No other reason to go there...
Yes, twice. Lots of folks travel to Antarctica...you just don't hear about it a lot. IMO, there's plenty of reason to travel to Antarctica...it's beautiful and unique. The Drake Passage is no fun...but worth it. We're all different and some folks are a little more adventurous than others. You should try it some time.
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Old 04-21-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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This question applies mostly to the onramps where it dumps into a lane on the highway (and the lane ends) - not where it leads to an offramp.

Sometimes I see people stopped at the freeway entrances (like they're waiting for a hole in traffic?), and sometimes I see people on the freeway make room for people coming onto the highway. What's supposed to happen? Who has the right of way here? I haven't been able to figure out the rules here yet by watching what the locals do.
Simple...the NEWER car yeilds to the OLDER car because the OLDER car probably does not have insurance if it is paid off.

Of course, if it is two newer cars (making payments/still insured) the LARGER car has the right of way!
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