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Old 06-02-2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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Impatient passers

We went on an awesome trip this weekend in NE Wash. this weekend.
We drove US2 which is one of two major cross state highways. It's a 2 lane, windy, 60mph road through a steep mtn pass. There was just a serious cross over collision this weekend involving someone towing a boat. This hwy is a white knuckle ride even when not towing. Even while cruising at above the posted limit, I always had some guy in a nice Beemer or something on my a$$ on his way to a wine tasting. I used the turnouts when I could but those don't last forever and had a couple close calls when I had to merge back into the main lane. Also, other drivers assumed I should turn out when there's just a wide shoulder or so it seemed. It must be nice to have the confidence of a 18whl trucker.
Ironically, everybody is in such a hurry to relax and vacation. Any tips on dealing with the pressure? There is a line between politeness and safety.
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:23 PM   #2
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Yeah, a train horn and a large compressor!
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:40 PM   #3
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I try my best not to let fools like that bother me. If I can safely enter another LANE, I will do so at the earliest convenience so people can pass. I WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT drive on the shoulder so someone can pass me. I will move as far right as I can safely drive within my lane so a passing driver can see around me and pass when it's safe, but shoulders of roads are not meant to be driven on. There is SO MUCH crap on the shoulders of our roads, it's unbelievable, no way am I putting my family at risk so some fool can get wherever they're going 2 minutes faster.

I've almost pulled the trigger on a horn in the past, but now I guess I'm just better at ignoring foolish behavior and I don't let it bother me. I just shake my head and keep on truckin'!
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:47 PM   #4
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I think the best thing you can do is hold your ground. If they wanna pass..more power to them. But don't do anything that can put you or your family in harms way. That means swerving, using the shoulder, etc. Highways are big enough for everyone. Most people realize that and give you space. Others can be trolls. Welcome to the RV'ing life.
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I refuse to let someone's ignorance put myself or my family at risk. I follow the speed limit and if they don't like it they can pass me when opportunity allows.
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Old 06-02-2015, 01:50 PM   #6
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+1 on that Bob. Who needs to get a flat with a piece of metal on the shoulder.
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:04 PM   #7
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They expect me to go slow and I refuse to disappoint them . Leave a lot of space between you and whatever's ahead of you and have a good playlist flowing thru the radio.
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Passers don't bother me, it's those idiots on busy freeways who think the space in front of me is there for them to dart into and hit the brakes.


I assume they have no clue what it takes to stop 8 - 10 tons of truck and trailer. I fear one of these days I'll be distracted when they do this and 9 tons will crush them.
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I'll be distracted when they do this and 9 tons will crush them.
And they'll say its your fault for hitting them from behind... LOL
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