View Poll Results: Do you move over for merging traffic (public poll)
Yes, I move over and allow them to merge 224 78.60%
No, I stay in the lane and let them figure it out 61 21.40%
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Old 09-17-2018, 06:19 PM   #1
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Lightbulb On Ramps and Merging

Here's the situation: You're on the main highway, you're coming up to an on-ramp that merges on to the highway, and there's a vehicle getting ready to merge.
* How many of you, if it's clear, move in to the left lane to allow the vehicle to merge.
* How many stay in the lane letting the merging vehicle decide if he wants to speed up to get ahead of you, or slow down and get behind you?

The reason I'm asking is all too often I've been the 'nice guy' and moved in to the left lane, only to have the merging vehicle match my speed and stay right beside me. It then becomes a pain either trying to speed up and get in front of him, or trying to slow down and get behind him, only to have vehicles start passing on the right. My friend no longer moves into the left lane, which I think can lead to really ticking someone off. It's always a challenge sharing the road with inconsiderate drivers, but when you're towing, it can get dangerous. Just thought I'd see how some in the community handle this situation.

Thanks, and safe travels!
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Old 09-17-2018, 06:29 PM   #2
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If I can move over safely I will. If the traffic is heavy I won't. If I can slow down safely to let them in, I will. Otherwise I won't. It is their job to merge safely with me.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:04 PM   #3
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If I can move over safely I will. If the traffic is heavy I won't. If I can slow down safely to let them in, I will. Otherwise I won't. It is their job to merge safely with me.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:11 PM   #4
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NMWildcat's got it. Be as courteous on the road as possible. If the car that just merged in wont pass, I'll speed up to merge back to the slow lane. If they speed up, I'll let off again and usually they'll pass at that point. There are bad drivers and selfish drivers out there, but I'll assume someone merging onto the highway is a reasonable driver.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:45 PM   #5
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:13 PM   #6
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usually I take into consideration the vehicle merging. If the merging vehicle is more agile, I stay put. If another trailer, truck etc, I move over.
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:13 PM   #7
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I'm always amazed at how many people don't understand the meaning of the word YIELD, especially drivers in Mas...... never mind, I won't mention the state.
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:17 PM   #8
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It is their job to merge safely with me.

While it's true that they do NOT have the right of way, I often seem to encounter folks that want to make a game of "chicken" out of it. They come barreling down the on ramp at an extremely high speed looking as if they have absolutely no intention of ever yielding. While they may be able to screech to a stop at the last instant, I can't.
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:17 PM   #9
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After pulling 14000 miles this year I cant count on how many times the wife and I have discussed this. People do not understand the purpose of an acceleration lane. To make it even more complicated some states have no acceleration lanes, they use yield signs, that gets tricky. What I do is take each situation as it comes. I wish there is a better answer. I do recommend staying in the center lane if possible. Good luck and travel safe..
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:26 PM   #10
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Every situation is different, but generally, if I feel I can safely move left AND safely move back to the right, I will. If traffic's heavy enough that I'm not going to have a gap to move back into, then I take my foot off the gas and start slowing down. Most people will accelerate and get in front.
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