I guess what was expected was that I would move over regardless of whether the driver had room to merge or not. It would have been an unnecessary lane change on a busy freeway out of a fake display of courtesy. It was the same as when you pull up to a fourway stop sign and the driver already stopped there waves you across. Or when a driver is stopped in the inside lane of a city 4 lane street and is waving someone to make a left hand turn in front of them without regard for what is coming up behind in the outside lane ( that happened at College and Poplar and a person was killed).
Hers's what the state driving manual says about it,
Merging With Traffic – When you merge with traffic, try to enter at the same speed
that traffic is moving. High-speed roadways generally have ramps to give you time to
build up speed. Use the ramp to reach the speed of the other vehicles before you pull
onto the road. Do not drive to the end of the ramp and stop. This will not leave you
enough room to get up to the speed of traffic. Also, drivers behind you will not expect
you to stop. If they are watching traffic on the main road, you may be hit from the rear.
If you have to wait for space to enter the roadway, slow down on the ramp so you have
some room to speed up before you have to merge."
I wonder if yearly driving tests are needed. At least some sort of defensive driving training required when you renew your liscense every fout years would help.
Anyway....just writing about I feel better already
Anybody else got a driving story to share? It's great therapy!
Edited by zman9810, 26 May 2009 - 12:58 PM.