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Old 04-21-2009, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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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.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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holy crap! the last thing you want to do is watch how locals drive.. I don't know the actual law, but it's common courtesy to get over and let oncoming traffic in if that's an option. I do know the last drivers test I took (California) said oncoming drivers are supposed to accelerate to the speed of traffic (not the speed limit, what traffic is actually moving at) and merge in. People here stop, slow way down, or just signal and go without bothering to look. I know that none of those three are what you're supposed to do, but if you want to look like a local, that's what you should do..
and for those without their sarcasm sensors turned on, please turn them on and read that last sentence again..
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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I think this thread might help...

A Major Pet Peeve.... Yield Signs in SA?
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:55 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Potranco/1604
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What I have always been taught is that if traffic is light try to move over to allow the safe entrance of the oncoming driver. When traffic is steady maintain your speed and direction and allow the oncoming driver to adjust to the speed of traffic (that means no closing up traffic holes). Finally if traffic is heavy and everybody comes to a stop (hello 410), then the entrance ramp gets one car in every other car, or the zipper effect if you will.
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:58 AM
 
Location: South Side
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This is why I dont drive
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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Merge. Just use your best judgement.

The other day I was getting on 151 where it begins at Hwy 90. There was a very old man in front of me doing 40 mph . These people coming from 90 to 151 are going MUCH faster than that. I got around him and looked over. It was kinda funny, this 80 year old man couldn't care less what anyone else on the road was doing.
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:21 AM
 
Location: San Antonio TX
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Check out chapter 4, http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/ftp/forms/DLhandbook.pdf (http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/ftp/forms/DLhandbook.pdf - broken link)
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:44 AM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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Merge. Just use your best judgement.

The other day I was getting on 151 where it begins at Hwy 90. There was a very old man in front of me doing 40 mph . These people coming from 90 to 151 are going MUCH faster than that. I got around him and looked over. It was kinda funny, this 80 year old man couldn't care less what anyone else on the road was doing.
Because he was comatose.......
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:48 AM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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holy crap! the last thing you want to do is watch how locals drive.. I don't know the actual law, but it's common courtesy to get over and let oncoming traffic in if that's an option. I do know the last drivers test I took (California) said oncoming drivers are supposed to accelerate to the speed of traffic (not the speed limit, what traffic is actually moving at) and merge in. People here stop, slow way down, or just signal and go without bothering to look. I know that none of those three are what you're supposed to do, but if you want to look like a local, that's what you should do..
and for those without their sarcasm sensors turned on, please turn them on and read that last sentence again..
A majority of drivers here will move over a lane to allow you to merge BUT there's alot of drivers that will speed up to try and cut you off. They're the ones that get the surprise of their lives...
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:50 AM
 
Location: 281 north of 1604 - otherwise known as traffic hell
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people that stop on the on ramp pi** me off more than any other drivers in the world.

Certainly you can hit the road running and manipulate your speed enough to work in before your lane runs out......seems like why they give you a running lane in the first place.
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