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Posted: 07/18/21 10:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As I'm rarely in a hurry I look for alternate highways. So I take highway 1A from Canmore to Calgary. Of course from Banff to Canmore there is no alternate route that I'm aware of.


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noteven wrote:

I wonder about another phemo...phenoma... situation that I experience on lonely western roads..

You are cruising along all by yourself at whatever speed... and in the mirrors another vehicle appears...

It catches you after a few km/miles...

And then settles in 1 point 5 seconds off your stern and drives there ...

Why?


My guess - as I sometimes do - he is following you at night because you provide a nice buffer in case some obstruction is in the road ahead...... of course when I do it I leave a large buffer of 5 seconds or more....


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Posted: 07/18/21 10:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I noticed some states seem to be worse than others for example NM where they ride your bumper then after passing cut in immediately in front of you with only a car length. Why they do this I have no idea. The habit is catching as I now see it occasionally in other states of the west. By the way before you I happen to like NM for a variety of reasons.

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The ones that tick me off are drivers that come up in the left lane, get even with your back bumper and stay there mile after mile.

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Great post, Bob, and I totally agree with you. It always amazes us how many semi trucks tailgate as well; extremely dangerous! [emoticon]


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rk911 wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

Good advice but this is a situation that technology will solve over the next 10-20yrs as adaptive cruise becomes standard.


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ACC actually works quite well. I find my following distance is greater than most other vehicles. When traffic accelerates from a slow down the ACC keeps up better than most drivers. When rapid deceleration is needed it gives prompt audible and visual warning.

Give it a try for a few thousand miles before you decry all the bad issues your mind invents.


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I drive from Seattle north on I-5 and some days it feels like I am going backwards so many people cut me off because I leave extra room. Some will cut in front of you if there is a car length plus 6”.

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Posted: 07/18/21 01:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On some busy freeways, leaving four car lengths in front of you means someone will merge in. [emoticon]


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I always leave 3-4 seconds between me and the car in front of me. Especially in stop and go traffic.

For those who decry "they cut in front of me", think about it.

This is NOT a line. You don't reach a common end where those extra cars will get the prize before you. So it doesn't matter how many cars are in front of you - as long as you are moving forward, you are getting where you are going.

Leaving the space and letting cars move over and get off the highway/freeway without having to stop will get everyone to their destinations faster than if you hoard the space and make them slow down or stop to make their exit - regardless of how many cars there are.

It also reduces your stress level.


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Posted: 07/18/21 01:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Recently on the freeway I've had several drivers pull in front of me so soon after passing, I don't know how they missed clipping my front bumper. People are driving like idiots.


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