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Traffic tip. The freeway ramp meters are not drag strip launching points.

Posted By: The Thrill
Date: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

Gunning the engine on green counteracts the purpose of congestion calming meters. Couple that with humans inability to leave space and merging is the reason freeways come to a literal standstill at every merge point.

A. You’re allowed to use the full length of the on-ramp, squeezing into a tight spot as soon as possible is a terrible decision.

B. Fall in line with the general flow of traffic is by design, racing ahead of the car next to you only puts more vehicles in the same location. Look up Pauli exclusion principle.

C. You do have to accelerate at a reasonable rate. Reaching the top of the on-ramp at a speed matching the current freeway rate is most optimal for merging. In other words if you’re going 35 and merging into 70 mph traffic, you’re doing it wrong.

D. Traffic is designed to move at a constant rate. Freeways are designed to flow without the need of using brakes. If you ever use your brake on the freeway, you’re doing it wrong. You should be allowed to travel freely if you allow enough space. Trust me, it works. Lifting off the gas and using the engine to decelerate is most encouraged. Touching the brakes means you’re following too close.

E. Leaving enough space allows for merging and lane changing to avoid slower traffic. Slower traffic must stay to the right, this does not mean the left lane is only for those wanting to go excessive speeds. The left lane should only be used as a temporary passing of slower traffic. Never stay in the left lane as this should be used for others to get by.

When in doubt, just stay home. If you’re afraid or scared to drive in traffic you should just not go outside. Most traffic issues if not all of them would be solved if people just left enough room to share the toad with other cars. Unfortunately, you’re a very selfish species who have great difficulty in sharing.

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The Thrill icon NEW: Traffic tip. The freeway ramp meters are not drag strip launching points.
The Thrill - Top 25 Poster -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 11:00 am [ID# 1947322] [reply]
Newbomb Turk icon NEW: Re D: If you leave enough space cars will jump into that space, making it necessary for you to hit your brakes. And most people will not signal they are moving in front of you until they are actually merging. (nm)
Newbomb Turk - Top 25 Poster -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 11:14 am [ID# 1947324] [reply]
480ute icon NEW: Utah is the absolute worst place I've ever been to when it comes to merging. It's like people there are offended that somebody else would dare get on the same freeway as them. (nm)
480ute - -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 11:39 am [ID# 1947325] [reply]
Rocker Ute icon NEW: This is true. My personal favorite in Utah is to signal to merge into an open spot, to which the other driver will speed up to not let you in. Then when you slow down and merge behind them, they'll change over into the lane you were in.
Rocker Ute - -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 11:49 am [ID# 1947327] [reply]
o NEW: I had this happen the other day on the I-80-I-15 SB interchange. Guy was six or so car lengths back. I signaledhe sped up. Took my foot of the gas. So did he
FlyfishingUte - -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 11:59 am [ID# 1947330] [reply]
480ute icon NEW: I've just started pulling up far enough for them to see me clearly, and then moving over slowly when this happens now. They always end up slowing down when push comes to shove. (nm)
480ute - -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 12:04 pm [ID# 1947334] [reply]
Newbomb Turk icon NEW: My personal favorite:
Newbomb Turk - Top 25 Poster -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 12:02 pm [ID# 1947332] [reply]
480ute icon NEW: I need to make myself more intimidating looking or something. Maybe scaring people into letting me over is the ticket.
480ute - -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 12:02 pm [ID# 1947333] [reply]
The Thrill icon NEW: I’ve found brandishing a gun usually gets me whatever I want in traffic (short)
The Thrill - Top 25 Poster -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 12:06 pm [ID# 1947336] [reply]
480ute icon NEW: Yeah, that's a sure fire way to get yourself shot, especially in this gun nut state. (nm)
480ute - -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 12:10 pm [ID# 1947339] [reply]
The Thrill icon NEW: Like I said, they should all try it (wink) (nm)
The Thrill - Top 25 Poster -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 12:55 pm [ID# 1947345] [reply]
paqogomez icon NEW: I second this. It is as if turning on my blinker is a personal affront to their wo/manhood. (nm)
paqogomez - -- Tuesday 28 May 2019, at 07:17 am [ID# 1947376] [reply]
The Thrill icon NEW: 1 car length for every 10 mph of rate. Nobody remembers this from when they were 16 (nm)
The Thrill - Top 25 Poster -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 12:05 pm [ID# 1947335] [reply]
480ute icon NEW: You've hit another nerve. I have never been in an accident, other than a couple of fender benders that weren't my fault, because I'm a hypervigilant driver.
480ute - -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 12:08 pm [ID# 1947337] [reply]
Red Don icon NEW: That was an old comedian joke about his first experience driving on an L.A. freeway; every time he left a car length in front of him, someone jumped in it, time after time after time, until the Highway Patrol pulled him over and gave him a ticket for (short)
Red Don - Top 25 Poster -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 02:45 pm [ID# 1947355] [reply]
The Thrill icon NEW: It’s funny you say that because often I feel like that’s what’s happening
The Thrill - Top 25 Poster -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 03:06 pm [ID# 1947356] [reply]
The Thrill icon NEW: People constantly get in front of me because I allow so much room. I account for that so letting off the gas again provides spacing.
The Thrill - Top 25 Poster -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 12:01 pm [ID# 1947331] [reply]
o NEW: toad spacing is the key to solving society's problems (nm)
FlyfishingUte - -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 11:51 am [ID# 1947328] [reply]
OldAsDirtUte icon NEW: Merging does not mean to fixate on one car, and shove them out of the way.
OldAsDirtUte - -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 12:55 pm [ID# 1947346] [reply]
The Thrill icon NEW: These humans are simpletons with one-track minds. I've conceded they'll never understand the concept of planning ahead. (nm)
The Thrill - Top 25 Poster -- Monday 27 May 2019, at 01:15 pm [ID# 1947348] [reply]
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