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Old 05-22-2012, 05:58 AM
 
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I like the slang phrase the Germans use -- Elefantrennen. It literally translates to "Elephant Race", and describes these overtakes almost perfectly.

When I go to overtake, I get it done with quickly. I drive a small car, and it's very easy for me to hide in a truck's blind spot. I usually pull into the passing lane a good distance behind the truck, downshift, and accelerate. Once past the truck, I give them about 50-100 feet before pulling back into the right lane. I wish more people would give trucks more room. For some reason, they don't understand the concept that trucks are HEAVY. It takes a lot of power, and a lot of distance, to bring them to a stop. If you merge your minivan 20 feet in front of a truck, of course they're going to get mad at you. If you, for some reason, had to come to an emergency stop, there is NO WAY the truck can brake as fast as you can. You WILL get rear ended. 20-30,000 lbs through your back window isn't my idea of a good time.

On another note, one thing I've seen truckers do that irks me is drive in the far left, on a multi-lane (>2 lanes) highway. In a perfect world, all stretches of interstate would be 3 lanes per side, instead of two, and trucks would be restricted to the two right lanes, leaving the far left lane open for cars to pass. There's large stretches of highway in Kentucky that are like this, and while there's no law in place limiting trucks to the right two lanes, trucks generally leave the far left lane open. This doesn't seem to be the case in Phoenix. Here, truckers use whatever lane they please. They even drive in the HOV lane (which CLEARLY states no commercial vehicles). Please, truckers, be reasonable when choosing a lane. Your truck is limited to 70 mph, and the average speeds on these highways is 80-90 mph. You become an obstacle when you're that far left.
Car, truck, motorcycle, minivan....NOBODY should be driving in the far left lane unless they are passing.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Car, truck, motorcycle, minivan....NOBODY should be driving in the far left lane unless they are passing.
Agreed. It's state law in some places, and I always adhere to it. Left lane is for passing only. Trucks and cars alike, if you're camped in the left lane, with your cruise set to the speed limit, I am going to come up behind you, high beams flashing, until you move over. Passing on the right is dangerous, and stupid.

Motorcycles are another thing. Believe it or not, many cars can stop faster than bikes. Unless you want a biker flying into your car, you (referring to any driver, in general here) need to give them more room. Even though motorcycles are light (about 10% the weight of your average vehicle), and have large brakes (usually 12" discs up front, about what a sport-tuned car has), it takes longer to stop because it's easier to lock the brakes. In a modern car, you can hold the brake pedal to the floor, and stop quickly. ABS kicks in, and your car comes to a controlled stop. In a bike, if you were to lay on the brakes, the brakes would lock up, the bike would slide, and the rider would be in hospital for road rash (or worse). While some newer bikes have ABS, it's just not as good as ABS in a car, and they are still at risk for locking the brakes.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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Agreed. It's state law in some places, and I always adhere to it. Left lane is for passing only. Trucks and cars alike, if you're camped in the left lane, with your cruise set to the speed limit, I am going to come up behind you, high beams flashing, until you move over. Passing on the right is dangerous, and stupid.
It's illegal to flash hi beams in some states. If after a half mile or so the person in the left lane doesn't move into the empty center or right lane, I'll pass on the right. Sometimes there's no option, because some people are oblivious.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:42 AM
 
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Car, truck, motorcycle, minivan....NOBODY should be driving in the far left lane unless they are passing.
Tell taht to the Moderator cut: see comment truckers who take all three lanes at the red light facing up hill near my house. It takes three light cycles to get through sometimes, because they are so damn inconsiderate and can only get one truck through at a time. This morning one of them was at a dead stop in the center lane through two cycles. I finally went around, because they were obviously distracted or something. If they were disabled, they would have had their flashers on--or at least you would think.

Last edited by BstYet2Be; 05-22-2012 at 02:57 PM.. Reason: no name-calling period!
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