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Old 06-16-2016, 09:49 PM   #11
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Sounds like you tried to help someone that made a bad choice with bad timing. You clearly have a heart. Remember to keep you and those with you safe first and foremost. Sometimes keeping your speed and lane constant will allow the other driver to adjust to the circumstances better than having to re-calculate due to your good intentions.

The other driver, is an idiot. IMHO.

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Old 06-16-2016, 10:14 PM   #12
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that was the most scared I've been so far and would welcome any advice on how to handle that kind of thing better .

I agree with the others here. I too would have reacted the same as yourself in slowing to let him pass. Your instincts kicked in, and you reacted. Although, If I would have hit the breaks as hard as you stated, instinctively my right arm would have swung and slapped anyone riding with me. ( Thanks, Mom ) Another instinct.

Sometimes we are put in situations and only have mere seconds to react, especially in times like that. I'm sure you were a bit shaken, as expected. I know I would have been, along with spewing a few "nice words" under my breath....but you did good! No casualties.

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Old 06-17-2016, 07:09 AM   #13
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you did nothing wrong, the only thing different I would have done is slowed down a tad to make sure they were able to pass me. Stomping on the brakes could've caused your trailer to go sideways or locked up and you could've lost control.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:52 AM   #14
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No issues. Dummies abound. For me, on two lanes, I try to go PSL to PSL+5. Then no one can complain I'm holding them up. If they want to pass, they can. On multilane roads I will do the PSL up to a max of 65mph. The other drivers can figure it out.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:10 AM   #15
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People will tell you what they would have done and I am going to do that as well.

But first, let me say instead of second guessing what you did, go back and analyze the situation and then come to a conclusion whether doing something different would have been better or worse and don't beat yourself up over it.

What I would have done and what I ALWAYS try to do... is what is best for ME in a panic situation.

I could care less if the nut job that is trying to pass me has enough room or that if I maintain my speed, HE will be able to get back in. Or, that if I speed up, HE will have a place to get in. Forget about what HE needs and concentrate on what will get YOU out of a situation that is undesirable.

With that said, given your description, I believe I'd have done much as you.
Move over best you can, maintain control of YOUR vehicle and then slow down as much as possible to minimize any damage that might occur if things go wrong.

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Old 06-17-2016, 08:43 AM   #16
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Darn if you do, Darn if you don't...

As a rule, here are a couple items I usually do:

1) I keep an eye whats behind me, If things are backing up, I'll try and pull off or pull over and let the backup pass.

2) If someone is passing me and all the sudden there are approaching cars, I'll usually lift my foot off the gas and slowly move to the right, if I can.

If moving to the shoulder, watch for junk or cars on the shoulder, or the shoulder narrowing.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:53 AM   #17
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First - make no admission against your interest. If the speed limit is posted at 50, then don't drive 55.
Second - best bet, maintain speed and course - - - until you have to take action to avoid a collision. Again, if you could have avoided a wreck and didn't you will carry that burden a long time (legal or moral) Doctrine of Last Clear Chance applies.
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:00 AM   #18
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Hard to say whats right or wrong for an individual. When I taught defensive driving I always told my students to maintain there present speed when being passed. The driver passing is counting on you doing that, when you change speed (brake or speed up) you throw a wrench into their calculations. This is not a hard and fast rule and situations very like a truck passing who is past the point that he is committed braking would allow him to pull back in and other times braking would hold the other person in the passing lane. Moving as far right as you can safely is a good thing
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:09 AM   #19
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I'm sure the "correct answer" is to maintain your speed WHILE driving at or below the speed limit. Most of us would likely slow down in that situation, even though it's probably not the correct thing to do.
Don't want to hijack this thread but wanted to mention that drivers merging onto the freeway's also drive me nuts. Perhaps they can't read as they totally ignore those inverted triangle signs that say YIELD! They head onto the freeway looking straight ahead at a speed consistent to have their car meet yours an the axis where the ramp meets the 4 lane. If you can't move over, and many times there's a semi or car in your left lane, you're kinda a sitting duck.
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:27 AM   #20
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First, glad it worked out ok.
I would have done the same thing. If I see a situation that someone else is possibly going to be coming into my lane be it while passing or the other driver coming head on trying to avoid the passing car, I want to slow my 15,000+ lb setup down as much as possible. If we do collide, I want to minimize this impact as much as possible. This situation was developing quickly and you didn't have time to think about all the possible solutions.

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