Slowing to the shoulder to let faster traffic by.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by bentstrider83, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    Anyone else here do this? I've been back on some regional runs that take me up the 385 and 287 quite frequently through TX, OK, and CO. It's usually 65 max on what I consider 3rd rate, single lane, "country bumpkin" roads like these routes. But no one really seems to follow that and they presumably just take their ticket and eat it if they get pulled over.

    That said, I grew up in So Cal and follow their rule of pulling to the side whenever I've got a convoy of speed demons beginning to pile up behind me. So long as the shoulder's clear and wide enough. I get over and let them all go, faster cars and semis both, on their merry way. Of course I think I tend to do it less out of safety and more for wanting to feel somewhat alone on these roads. Simply put, "go play convoy somewhere else and get away from me!!".
     
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  3. Dockbumper

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    I certainly do it. It is just common courtesy. Which isn't so common anymore.
     
  4. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    I think I'm also kind of motivated by something I heard in an old Louie Anderson skit where he mentioned someone called "The Keeper of the Speed". They're dedicated to driving the speed limit, but also dictate that ruling to everyone else in traffic behind them.
     
  5. "semi" retired

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    That's risky business in an 18. If I'm doing the speed limit in a truck, they can kiss my axx. Pulling off on a shoulder, dust a flyin', could freak some people out, and you never know what they might do, cause a bigger scene. Just hold your lane, straight and true. On a motorcycle, where safety is a concern, I might pull over, but in a truck? Plug in a Molly Hatchet tape and screw them, it's part of driving.
     
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  6. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    I'm probably the slowest driver on this forum. I basically cruise 60ish everywhere I go, unless I'm really in a hurry.

    If you have things backed up on a 2 lane, there are passing zones for people to get by. Some places actually have turns out for slower vehicles.

    The other option is pulling into a rest area or service plaza.

    Pulling into the e lane, especially frequently, just breaks windshields. You throw up all kinds of small debris. You also greatly increase your chance of flat tire.

    If the e lane is very narrow, and the shoulder is mush or swamp, and you fall off the edge of the pavement, you're really going to have a problem cause at best you're going to need a wrecker to get out. You may even dig in enough to jacknife and cause a huge crash.
     
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  7. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    Molly Hatchet? I ain't that old and I prefer smooth jazz anyway. I throw the hazards and would pop smoke if I had some. But the hazards would usually give enough people the hint and they'd just speed on past and be gone.

    Again, I'd rather not be crowded up and also not be a road-hog. If there were more freeways around me, I wouldn't have this issue. But, 3rd rate, Bumpkin roads seem to be the price to pay for living and running in these areas I stay in. Some weirdos like to romanticize these one lane highways. The rest of us just see them as outdated relics of the past.
     
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  8. Long FLD

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    I probably wouldn’t run the shoulder in a truck, just ride it out until you come into a town and then slow down or stop and let everyone get around you.
     
  9. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    I could see that. These speed demons need to quit snorting the testosterone and simmer down. Perhaps I should just watch as they go speeding dangerously around me and then get into a head on. Slowly roll by and wave.

    Some say I'm evil for not stopping and assisting at an accident. But if I personally witnessed what led up to it, I'd probably endanger myself into a pair of bracelets due to potential patient abuse.
     
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  10. Chinatown

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    Road debris collects on the shoulders of roads and interstates also.
    Anytime you run on a shoulder, you risk a punctured tire. Most are slow leaks, but still that' s expensive sooner or later because it has to be fixed and your running on a tire that's under inflated.
     
  11. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    You wanting to inflict your will on "speed demons" means your an aggressive driver.
     
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