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Old 03-23-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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I don't think I've ever seen a car on the left shoulder.
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I've been wondering this for several years.
I lived in San Antonio and Houston, and I CANNOT understand why people get on the left shoulder of the highway when their car break.

I remember seeing one guy in San Antonio, his car broke on I-35 on the way to Austin.
He was on the left shoulder, had jacked up his truck and was working under it.

Some other day I was driving in Houston, a truck was doing about 50 on a 65 on the left lane.
I was getting p....ed off and started flashing my lights.
All of a sudden he put the blinkers on and stopped on the left shoulder
Why do you drive on the left lane if your car is about to break?


Anybody got any good explanation for this?
I may have discovered the reason that the OP apparently sees this "all the time" - he or she is part of the cause of the problem due to aggressive driving/incipient road rage.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:52 PM
 
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Only the left handed people use the left shoulder
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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I've been wondering this for several years.
I lived in San Antonio and Houston, and I CANNOT understand why people get on the left shoulder of the highway when their car break.

I remember seeing one guy in San Antonio, his car broke on I-35 on the way to Austin.
He was on the left shoulder, had jacked up his truck and was working under it.

Some other day I was driving in Houston, a truck was doing about 50 on a 65 on the left lane.
I was getting p....ed off and started flashing my lights.
All of a sudden he put the blinkers on and stopped on the left shoulder
Why do you drive on the left lane if your car is about to break?


Anybody got any good explanation for this?
I don't find that to be true at all. In fact, I have noticed the opposite. Persnally, always look for a right hand lane unless there it's not avaialble.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:19 PM
 
Location: plano
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I don't find that to be true at all. In fact, I have noticed the opposite. Persnally, always look for a right hand lane unless there it's not avaialble.

I agree, vast majority of broken down cars use the left nor the right lane. Is that a sigm we are getting a higher portion of leaning that way? No, its always been this way
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Johnhw2, where are you seeing all these cars on the left shoulder? You and the OP must be hanging out in the same place where none of the rest of us are!

I strongly doubt that politics has anything to do with it. For the vast majority of people, politics is not the be all/end all of life, because they actually HAVE lives.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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You gotta be kidding me...
I'm the only one that has seen this? (San Antonio and Houston)

It's not bias, I have actually counted them.
But I have to say, it's much worse in San Antonio than in Houston.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Yep, you appear to be the only one seeing this.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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I really don't see this happen that frequently either. I have seen it on rare occasions, but I figured that whatever happened happened very quickly while the driver was in the left hand lane and then either couldn't get over to the right because of traffic, or because they were afraid the car wouldn't make it across the freeway.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Midland/Dallas
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It must be my lucky night, another thread dedicated to us Texans

I've been driving for years, both as a typical driver and as a commercial driver and I can count how many people I've seen using the left hand shoulder on one hand.

Now with that said, it's not easy safely controlling a light weight truck that just experienced a front tire blow out in the left lane while passing a semi-tractor. This happened to me and a friend once headed to Pecos. I can tell you now, the last thing that went through my mind was whether or not I was going to offend someone by using the left shoulder.
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