Ramps and Curves

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  1. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    Hi,

    What’s the best way to take ramps and curves? For curves if need be I slow down before I enter the curve and if I’m well under the speed limit I accelerate coming out of it; off ramps seem to be a bit of a problem for me because I don’t think I have the right plan of attack; I’m nervous about slowing down too much on the interstate for fear of someone running into my arse end, so instead I used to start slowing down just before and continue to as I’m exiting but I now see this was dangerous because going from 65 mph to let’s say 30mph isn’t an easy task when you’re about to run out of real estate; now I like to signal under half a mile if possible my intention of exiting, start winding down sooner and then take the exit. How do you like to overcome these obstacles?

    Best regards, John
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I use the turn signal when entering the interstate and then if I'm too slow after merging into traffic, I'll put on the emergency flashers until I'm up to minimum interstate speed.
     
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  4. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    I forgot to mention entering the interstate, but that’s a good idea; I always hammer down if the on ramp is straight, or after the curve so that I can slip right in
     
  5. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    I-83 in PA can be dicey for this sort of thing. You just have to do what you have to do. Just signal your exit way early and slow down as needed.

    That’s one of those situation where you can’t really go by the book.
     
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  6. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    When i was driving bmw i never understood yellow 25-35-50mph suggestions on ramps and curves drifting in at triple of the posted limit :)
    They are exactly for truck driver and works well if you obey :)
     
  7. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    I got a call from safety awhile back about some sensor on the truck going off that trips when I guess you’re turning too fast, said I was doing good other than that, just trying to improve in that regard; reason why I’ve been nervous to slow down on the interstate is because I watched a truck riding another one’s arse, guy goes to exit slowing down too fast for the guy behind him to slow down enough and he got lucky because he changed lanes; I think what happened was the dude in front failed to signal in advance and the other guy following too closely
     
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  8. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    Lol dang it i was humble enough to come here for help and you run me through the back with a sword, jk; even though you were joking I’ll point out the posted speed limits are for regular traffic and not big trucks, just to show I’m not totally incompetent
     
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  9. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    I usually took the ramp speed limit as a rule for cars and would go slower, sometimes A LOT slower.

    tanker even slower.

    you can always take corners too slow, too fast just once.
     
  10. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    You're big. 4wheelers are small. People can see you from a good distance. Slow gradually and not rapidly. While signaling your intent. Should not have a problem.
     
  11. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    I did not joke ...when switching highways or going off highways there are yellow signs ... You better be slow than fast till you have a feeling what proper technic to use... I normally slow down mile before exit
     

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