So how do you merge onto the highway?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Kevin_L, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. dannythetrucker

    dannythetrucker Road Train Member

    May 26, 2011
    everywhere, man
    by default you start accelerating quickly at the top of the ramp. While accelerating start surveying the traffic coming along. If vehicles are coming

    1rst option, continue accelerating and get in front or hope cars coming move over.

    2nd option slow your acceleration and get behind them.

    3rd option run down the shoulder gesturing wildly for car to get ahead of you or back off.

    This is sort of how you do it in a car I guess, but cars have the advantage of being able to accelerate much more quickly or even if they have to slow down or brake they can get back up to speed quick. IDK why they always seem to time it to come out the end of the ramp right beside me even when there's a 1/2 mile ahead of me and 1/2 mile behind me ? In front = good, behind = good, beside = fail
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  3. AppalachianTrucker

    AppalachianTrucker Heavy Load Member

    May 25, 2014
    Orion Arm
    I wouldn't know. I went to CDL school. Have to ask someone who paid a lot more than I did.
  4. Jakethebrake99

    Jakethebrake99 Light Load Member

    Dec 16, 2011
    Here's what I do. I drive an automatic and it's a r eal dog. I stomp on it and as it goes through the gears very slowly gaining speed I turn my blinker on and hope like hell everyone gets outta my way. So far they have, and I've only had to flip the bird about once a week or so... I find flipping the bird helps relieve stress. You gotta watch out for the jokers with the smart phones in front of their noses.
  5. dca

    dca Road Train Member

    May 31, 2011
    I don't use the bird.. i use ... merge safely .. trucks are slow to gain equal speed of entry
  6. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Just had to say something. To Bull Haulers Wife, 1st, you have to remember, you are dealing with truck drivers here, whose motto is, "everybody is stupid, except me", so when an innocent, seemingly simple (to them) question comes along, truck drivers want to compete to have the catchiest response. We're not the most compassionate group. I've always tried to debunk that stereotype, maybe because it's my mom in me coming out, who helped people until the day she died.
    To Kevin, remember, on the roads nowadays, it seems it's survival of the fittest. Nobody wants to be behind a truck, and will be defiant right until the last second, until they realize, they have to give in. Merging is a tricky deal, and as someone told me very early on, you have to be aggressive, or you won't get anywhere. People stopping on the end of a ramp is a huge problem, but driving is the hardest thing some people ever do, and are not aggressive and will wait for a good samaritan to let them in, and you have to be ready for that, but the whole point of "merging" is to blend in, and I've found, if it's a choice between getting crunched or letting you in, most people will let you in. Just like trying to cross a busy street where there's no openings, at some point, you have to be a ( insert expletive) and go for it. You are going to inconvenience someone at some time when driving a truck, it's just part of the job.
  7. Quickfarms

    Quickfarms Heavy Load Member

    May 29, 2012
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Take the blinders off when you are driving.

    Stop staring blindly at the tail lights of the vehicle in front of you.

    First when you are driving, constantly keep track of the vehicles that are around you by using those shinny things on the side of the vehicle. When you see an on ramp, do you look at it to see what vehicles are coming down the ramp? Then you need to judge there acceleration to determine if they will merge in front or behind you, if not you need to decide if you can change lanes to let them merge or adjust your speed.

    When coming down the ramp you need to accelerate as quickly as possible, and safe, to the highway speed.

    Multiple vehicles working together to allow the orderly flow of traffic.

    This can all get screwed up by some impatient driver only thinking about himself or an overly cautious Sunday driver.
  8. berrysacha

    berrysacha Bobtail Member

    Aug 30, 2014
    isn't it sad that you have to explain how to merge properly ? It's exactly done as you say. NEVER stop on a on-ramp (unless, of course, there is no shoulder to continue on accelerating).
  9. Cowmobile

    Cowmobile Medium Load Member

    May 9, 2011
    The hammer lane....
    I go straight from the ramp all the way to the left lane, don't even bother looking in the mirror, they'll move...
  10. berrysacha

    berrysacha Bobtail Member

    Aug 30, 2014
    on this continent people don't know how to merge. Period. Except for most truckers, I must say. And you're right that, as a truck driver, you're gonna inconvenience someone, sometime. Most traffic jams (back ups) are the result of 4-wheel-drivers without patience and/or decency to properly merge. Ofcourse, merging requires a small gap, meaning that the flowing traffic should allow for that gap.
  11. Giggles the Original

    Giggles the Original Road Train Member

    you cant really tell someone how to merge..that are too many variables that come into long the ramp, what kind of weather, how heavy is the traffic, can you even see the traffic where you are going to merge into...etc etc...
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