Idiot mergers

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Andyvh1959, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    One of my pet peeves with drivers these days is no one is able to get up to speed to enter the highway on an entrance ramp. They just wander out into traffic at whatever speed they happen to attain. I have seen as low as 48 mph entering a 70 mph freeway. Or, get to the end of the entrance ramp and THEN look for a gap to enter traffic. So often there are significant skid marks from heavy trucks around entrance ramps because of these idiots.

    But lately, other idiots. Yesterday I saw a driver cross from the center lane in front of a semi, over the barrier line area of an exit ramp. If a bike had been on the other side of the truck it could have been dangerous for the cycle.

    Two weeks ago, approaching an exit ramp with two exit lanes, one to only exit, the other to exit or go straight ahead. Idiot car driver in the far right lane suddenly cuts across both exit lanes and the barrier area to get into northbound traffic.

    When in my car, especially on my bike, I stay in the far left lanes if I don't need the exit. If I need the exit I try to avoid having any vehicles around me as I exit. Distracted idiot car drivers, geez.
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  2. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    This is nothing new. 30 years ago people couldn't merge either. Normally if I am on an on ramp behind traffic I will slow way down and create a big space then use that space to accelerate up to speed. When done just right it's a thing of beauty. I often end up being able pull into an open space and go right by the idiot(s) who were ahead of me:D
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  3. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I have two on ramps near my daily commute that seem to present a challenge for the driving challenged masses.

    One I pass every day. It is an uphill onramp about 1/8 mile long, yet they still can't get up to speed. I'm normally in a company truck, so have to avoid anything that could be construed as aggressive. When I drive my personal truck, I set the cruise control and let them merge around me. About 1 out of 4 times they look up in surprise as I pass them at the end of the merge doing the speed limit. When I come up that ramp, I have my spot picked up before I reach the half way point.

    The other on ramp that is a problem has a 90 degree turn at the beginning, then about 100 yards to merge. People take the turn at 5 mph (it's about a 15-20 mph corner), then doddle along until they stop at the end of the merge zone. Now they have zero room to gain speed. If come to that ramp and find bumper to bumper traffic (which is rare), I will stop at the beginning of the merge zone. This way when I see an empty space coming I have some room to accelerate.
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  4. jules083

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    That's usually me if it's an uphill on-ramp. I give er hell, but after 200k miles a 4 cylinder Ford Ranger only has so much to give. I think it had 110 horses back in 96, hard to say how many have retired since then. Doesn't help that the syncronizers are wore out and you have to pause in between shifts and wait for the RPM's to come down. :lol3
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  5. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    Sounds like a keeper!

    At least you have a reason. Most drivers I think never actually find out how quickly their car will accelerate. Of course, its been drilled into them to be easy on the pedal to save gas and wear/tear on the car. BS in this application. Like my Driver's Ed teacher told me back in 74, "look for a gap and punch it, get up to speed!"
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  6. tominboise

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    Yes, most people are deathly afraid to wood it and get the sucker going. Also afraid to drive in general, apparently. I would guess that at least 75% of the driving population have no clue about what their car can or can't do, performance wise.

    Don't get me started on Round-Abouts.
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  7. jules083

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    That truck is my baby. Did some horse trading about 4 years ago for it. Total over the past 4 years counting repairs but not consumables has been about $1500, including the price of the truck. It has factory manual steering so the wife has no interest in driving it. Odometer quit working about 18 months ago at 194k, probably at 210 or so now.

    My first truck when I was 16 was a Ford Ranger, I’ve had one ever since. I think the next one I’m going to go down south to buy, usually they rust apart on me way before they’re worn out. This one will be the same way, it already has a few holes in the body and a couple bad spots in the frame, plus a few brackets have been changed.
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  8. PaveMint

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    Related peeve: the idiots traveling in the right lane that speed match you when you are merging.
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  9. KeithinSC

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    Just got done with a 4.5 hr driving toting my toyhauler home from a weeks vacation.
    Fullsize truck and a 26' camper. (really tough to notice!!!)
    Merging and the idea that those on the onramp are the ones to yield, not the bigass camper already on the highway while being passed by an 18 wheeler, seems lost on everyone.

    I get the finger for not slamming on the brakes to let YOU in???
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  10. Strong Bad

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    So I don't understand the big deal here as this is simply everyday riding/driving on America's highways. If you can't deal with it, maybe you shouldn't be out there on the road with the "idiots". Seriously, can't you find something better to bitch about?
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  11. Tinker1980

    Tinker1980 Doesn't ask why, only asks how

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    48 mph? Must be nice. Around here they try to merge at 25.

    Even better is the construction zone on Hwy 169 in Tulsa, where some twitching dog fuckers decided that putting a stop sign at the end of the onramps was a good idea.
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  12. brgsprint

    brgsprint Been here awhile

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    Driving on a rural interstate in snow with very little traffic. Only the right lane was clear enough to maintain any speed, still below limit. A NYS Trooper entering on-ramp at a speed equal to car already there and ended up side by side. The Trooper had no flashing lights. He dropped behind and lit up. The driver was written for "failure to yield".

    If the fuckin' troopers don't know how to drive, what can we expect from the average driver?
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  13. VX Rider

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    Good driving skills are hard led to come by.

    Then you add in all the crap we see:
    Reading
    Appling makeup
    Dailing a phone
    Typing a text
    Clipping toenails
    Masterbating
    Day Drinking


    What we're we talking about?
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    Don't get me started, in traffic, on the lack of use of cruise control....apparently so many new models don't come equipped....:lol2. So many ways to screw up things....
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  15. neanderthal

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    One of my pet peeves.

    It's mirror is the dolt on that entry/ exit lane casually doing 60 on the freeway when there is a veritable convoy of vehicles entering the freeway at that onramp, and they don't bother to move over one lane to facilitate that.

    Sure, if traffic is busy I get it. But the situations i'm referring to generally there is no one in the next leftmost lane.
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  16. jay547

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    Yep, it's an epidemic here. We followed one up the turnpike ramp last week at 35mph. The speed limit is 75mph.
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  17. Tinker1980

    Tinker1980 Doesn't ask why, only asks how

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    No excuse for it either. I have a 3-cyl economy car, and a small truck with an engine strongly reminiscent of a forklift, and either of those vehicles can exceed the speed limit by the end of the onramp - and yet I find myself always stuck behind some V8 powered SUV that's idling it's way to the end of the ramp.
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  18. shovelstrokeed

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    I can usually get up to 135 or so by the end of the ramp and still have about 1/8 mile to actually merge. I just pick my spot and slow to 80 to blend with traffic. I may have to speed up a bit if there is a school bus behind me. I live just off I-95 in S. Florida, traffic is insane. The bold, the timid, the distracted, the pissed off, the confused, the lost, all part of the daily grind.
    Embrace it all and deal with the differential equations running around in your head as you do. And you thought you would never need calculous again.
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  19. gmk999

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    I don’t do any of those things
    I Shave.

    Lots o traffic here so even when you get to speed the right lane won’t let you merge and you have to worry about the cars from the last onramp still on the shoulder rearending you as they look to get into the flow. At 50+mph on the shoulder
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  20. D R

    D R Been here awhile

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    Let's not forget about those who, on approaching thier exit, will slow to exit ramp speed while still on the freeway with 1/4 to 1/2 mile to go before reaching the beginning of the deceleration lane.
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