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Posted: 06/25/12 07:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

believe it or not, that is allowed in arizona. as long as your wheels dont leave the pavement. ask any dps officer. its is normally used when someone is turning left, or when a vehicle is traveling at a slow speed along a two lane road, and obstructing traffic. i dont think its safe, but it is allowed. nothing said it has to make sense.

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I'm sure we all have our "shoulder passing stories"...here's mine. I wasn't in Winnie...but driving Winnie's child...my 1991 Dodge Spirit...if you know the car, it's not a fast driving car...but, it's dependable, get's me to where I'm going and does it at 30 miles per gallon. The other day on Highway 105 as I was going to Beaumont, I noticed a pickup truck with a trailer of lawn equipment behind me. Suddenly, it came past me on the right (road shoulder) and right behind him was another similiar truck with a trailer of lawn equipment. I was within 5-10 miles of the speed limit. Guess, they were in a hurry to get home...next job...who knows! What I do know, is that it's a very crazy world on the road! Too many idiots doing idiotic things!

Another story for another day is when the guy passed me on the right on the EastTex Freeway in Beaumont...lost control...sidewiped my car and kept going. I chased him...cops caught him...and guess what...HE HAD INSURANCE...eventually I got paid...the story is much longer...short version works pretty well.

I've put in more than my two cents...enjoy the day.


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Posted: 06/25/12 08:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At one time it was legal in Texas.

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A lot of young idiots obey the law/use common sense only if they think that there are no cops around. It must be a form of risk taking like the stuff they see on TV and movies. All you can do is try to drive your rig as safely as possible and don't let the idiots goad you into doing risky maneuvers. Pull over at a safe speed when safe to do so. Don't let them pressure you into taking downgrade turns too fast, you are top heavy. It's traditional to harass old ..... in motorhomes.

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Posted: 06/25/12 08:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess I just have to get out more! As long as I wasn't crunched, I guess it was OK since we were all safe and there was no accident because of it. I would not have put on a chase and didn't even get the license plate number.
Now I have to watch both the left and the right side of the vehicle. I bet I would not have seen the guy if I had been looking though. It was a swerver too. Those folks who pride themselves on being able to swerve in and out of cars by almost clipping them in the process. I like the idea that it is the hops. Hate to think people are that arrogant without some support.


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We entered Albarta Canada and the border agent mentioned they keep the shoulders clear. I think she even said Not Like all the Debris in USA. Anyhow, we were expected to drive on the shoulder to allow overtaking traffic to pass.

That said, the point I first wanted to make is:

NOBODY WANTS TO BE BEHIND AN RV OR A BOAT TRAILER.

And it doesn't seem to matter how well or how fast it's being operated.


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You can't fix stupid... even if it is legal (in some states), only an idiot would do it.


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Yup, been passed on the right before, not legal.
Although my greatest shock was coming west on US-101 out of Port Angeles, heavy traffic moving about 10 under. Really heavy both ways. When this Hog split the yellow line and passed a bunch-o-us. On-coming traffic was not more then 6 inches from his left handle-bar.
This was a biker looking to die young.


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j-d wrote:

We entered Albarta Canada and the border agent mentioned they keep the shoulders clear. I think she even said Not Like all the Debris in USA. Anyhow, we were expected to drive on the shoulder to allow overtaking traffic to pass.

That said, the point I first wanted to make is:

NOBODY WANTS TO BE BEHIND AN RV OR A BOAT TRAILER.

And it doesn't seem to matter how well or how fast it's being operated.


Moving over to the shoulder is a courtesy and not really expected. On any of the undivided highways that have wider shoulders, I will move over to allow anyone behind me to have a real good look to see if they want to pass. I was taught that it is my way of notifying the driver behind you that the lane ahead is clear and that a pass can be made safely. On our last trip, the highway was relatively clear. I had the cruise set to 100km (60mph) and I moved over twice to let someone pass. One guy even waved in appreciation.

Caveat: I don't do it when there are rumble strips present.


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Just to set the information straight. In Alberta it is illegal to drive on the shoulder of the road. No matter what a Federal Border Guard thinks, Alberta traffic laws are enacted and enforced by the Provincial Government.

Driving on the shoulder has become a common occurrence in Alberta, but it is illegal, unless it's an emergency or necessary for highway safety.
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