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Diving for the exit

By markvallaster ·
The thing that always seems most dangerous and stupid to me is those folks on a multilane highway who are out of position as their exit apporaches and dive across 3 or 4 lanes of traffic to make their exit. One day on my way to work on the DC Beltway, a lady in a mini-van was in this position since traffic was too thick for her to slide across three lanes of traffic her choice was not to go onto the next exit but.....to stop in the third lane to wait for an opening. For those of you who commute on the DC Beltway, you know how life threatening this would be.

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Sometimes they are, most times they aren't

by NickNielsen In reply to no no no

Driving out to Myrtle Beach today, doing 80. I never even got a chance to check for clearance on the truck I just passed before I was passed on the right by Mississippi plates going so fast I had to double-check the speedo to make sure I wasn't down to 30. :0

10 miles later, he was pulled over in a single-lane construction zone with the complete attention of 2 (TWO!) highway patrolmen. B-)

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Bummer

by OnTheRopes In reply to Sometimes they are, most ...

Double fines too. Real bummer. B-)

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Yep!

by NickNielsen In reply to Bummer

Probably have to take the cottage two blocks back instead of the condo on the beach! :^0

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I have seen this

by maecuff In reply to Diving for the exit

Except it was a little old lady who realized she was passing her exit. She stopped in the far left lane, TURNED her car to face the exit, and cut across two lanes of traffic. Cars were flying everywhere to dive out of her way. I was far enough back to miss the close up fun. I'm amazed no accident resulted.

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I'm seeing more and more of this too

by Trav62 In reply to Diving for the exit

And not just on the freeway. I experience most of it on regular city streets; people in the left lane wanting to turn right onto a crossroad or into a business just STOP and wait to cut accross the right lane.

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Here's a really scary thought..............

by bhurlbt In reply to Diving for the exit

After you read these comments, take a look at the September 16th Tech Republic article about the Terrafugia's "fly and fold" personal aircraft. Then think about these people commuting as ?pilots?.

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Accelerator Ramps

by MarkCamp In reply to Here's a really scary tho ...

The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) calls "on-ramps" accelerator ramps for a reason ... thats how they are supposed to be used.

I drive around with two tons of water most days and cannot speed up or slow down very quickly. You are going to encounter me in the slow lane as you merge.

The appropriate procedure is to SPEED UP into the gap one has identified. There is no speed limit on a accelerator ramp in California. If someone forces traffic to slow down, they are forcing the other drivers to GO BACKWARDS in traffic. Not a safe practice.

Most California freeways and highways have 8 foot shoulders that can be used as an emergency lane during a merge if one is blocked.

Sorry about sticking to California, but this location is what I am familiar with.

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Tbone

by ProblemSolverSolutionSeeker In reply to Diving for the exit

I T-boned a guy that decided to take a left turn from the right lane on a 5 lane one way street. Came over the hill, and, uh, there he was.
The look on his face just before I hit him was priceless.
Lucky for him I was only going 40 mph.

Get this - he fled the scene after he gave me his name and address. Talk about a live one. As soon as I told the cop the story, he said CDL, meaning the guy would lose his trucking license if he got an accident on his record. I had to threaten him with jail before he admitted what he had done.
Of course, I won't mention that he turning into some mental hospital, and that he was driving his uncle's car.

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Tbone

by ProblemSolverSolutionSeeker In reply to Diving for the exit

I T-boned a guy that decided to take a left turn from the right lane on a 5 lane one way street. Came over the hill, and, uh, there he was.
The look on his face just before I hit him was priceless.
Lucky for him I was only going 40 mph.

Get this - he fled the scene after he gave me his name and address. Talk about a live one. As soon as I told the cop the story, he said CDL, meaning the guy would lose his trucking license if he got an accident on his record. I had to threaten him with jail before he admitted what he had done.
Of course, I won't mention that he turning into some mental hospital, and that he was driving his uncle's car.

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Whoa

by OnTheRopes In reply to Tbone

I just had a serious incident of deja vu.

Out of curiosity, what lane were you in when you T-boned him?

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