I travel Afton Mountain daily and this is a common occurance. As soon as there is a tiny break in traffic, over comes a truck in the left lane. Then the sudden braking of cars trying to avoid rear-ending the passing truck. I have seen a couple cars rear ended in a line of cars slamming on their brakes from a truck moving over into the left lane. Sometimes it is one or two miles up Afton before the passing truck gets around the other one.Many truck drivers, especially on 81, have become totally disrespectful of fellow motorists. They will pull out in the passing lane, on a hill, trying to pass a fellow trucker going 1 mph slower. This blocks up the left lane for miles. Many will then not pull over after passing the slower truck.
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#22 May 26, 2013
#23 May 26, 2013
Well, maybe we don't agree. What I have in mind has nothing whatsoever to do with speed if that means going too fast or too slow.
The issue is about two things: 1) the left lane is for passing. Period. That's it. If you're not passing (or making way for entering traffic which is the same) then you belong in the right lane so that fastER traffic can easily go by. 2) randomly varying speed. People randomly speed up and slow down. They become unpredictable. They create confusion and congestion where there doesn't need to be any.
If you're talking about driving 29, that can be a little different at certain times and places because it is not a limited access highway. But even so, most of the time the same 2 simple rules apply: 1) maintain a consistent speed; 2) stay right except to pass. If everyone drove like this the roads would be less congested and safer.
#24 May 26, 2013
Afton needs a third lane.
If any cars have rear ended others in these situations it is because they are following too closely.
I have also seen this happen because the cars blocking up the passing lane (i.e. left lane) are not using it to pass. They just sort of lope along not paying attention to the fact that the road is full of other vehicles and that each of our movements affects the movements of all others. Sometimes the one that has the truck pull in front of them deserves it. It almost never happens to me because I will stay out of their way, either by hopping on it and getting past or by leaving them room if they reasonably need it - even if I do have to slow.
#27 May 31, 2013
Consider this: I-81 has a lot of hills. An 80,000 pound truck does not respond the way a passenger vehicle does. you can take your foot off of the accelerator on an incline in a '4-wheeler' and let the guy in the left lane pass you, then apply more accelerator and actually accelerate the vehicle to an acceptable left-lane speed. so when the guy with his cruise control set at 72 mph in a 65 mph zone is cruising down the road talking on his cell phone and pulls up right beside you and basically pins you in the right lane, you can speed up and move on. never a consideration of whether there is an incline.
Look at this scenario - Two trucks on the interstate in the right lane about to go up a hill. The one in the front is fully loaded and is going 67 mph and slowing because of a 2 mile incline, the one in the back is fully loaded, but has a slightly stronger engine, and can go 69 mph up the incline, but can not take his foot off of the accelerator or he will be going 40 mph. so, the guy on the cell phone now blocks the big rig in the right lane. big rig has to change lanes pretty early in the game and pisses cell-phone guy off, who now jumps in the right lane. by now, slow truck in the right lane is going 55, and big rig in left lane is still going 69, totally unacceptable for cell phone guy who's now on big truck's behind. cell phone guy takes the first opportunity to get into the right lane and start to pass the now-first big rig on big rig's right. cell phone guy's a little peeved, so he now speeds up to 75 mph in the right lane, which inspires the guy behind him to do the same thing and so forth. big rig, can't just speed up, and now he can't pass because there's now AT LEAST TWO cars chilling in the right lane.
proper course of action would be give the big rig a little space and at least a couple extra seconds to get back into the right lane.
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#28 May 31, 2013
Consider this: Traffic on I64 is back up five miles in both lanes due to an accident. My exit is 1/2 mile from the point where I am stopped. I wait 15 minutes and traffic has not moved 50 feet. I put on my 4 way flashers and move from the right lane to the right shoulder of the road. I proceed at about 5 miles per hour passing stopped cars until a trucker decides that he is going to block off the shoulder of the road with the cab of his 18 wheeler. He has no idea whether I have a medical emergency or not, but he is hell bent that no one is going to pass him. This happens all the time with lane closures where one truck will block a lane so nobody gets ahead. If these idiots knew anything about traffic flow, they would realize that ALL traffic flows faster if the merge point is just before the lane blockage.
When the truckers start having respect for their fellow man, I will start having respect for truckers.
#32 Jun 2, 2013
Gosh Huck, thanks for that tidbit. It really adds some perspective to know where you are going. Shuttling between your Florida retreat, cabin in western North Carolina and here, I don't know where in the world you find the time to post. The cabin sounds idyllic, and Lord knows you deserve it after all those years teaching. Your students must be counting their lucky stars having been blessed by your selflessness and compassionate values.
P.S. how's the diesel beamer holding up?
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