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JIMNLIN

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Posted: 07/12/19 08:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Two left blinks? I would hesitate to do any passing as I would always assume the vehicle is still thinking of changing lanes or pulling out to pass. Another minute or two and I might make a cautious move.

Probably the best idea.
The 2-3 blink system was never meant to just jump out and pass without first making the necessary decision to make the pass safely.
Generally we flashed the left turn signal 2-3 blinks to a fellow driver thats following you but hung up behind a slower vehicle.
And we also used the brake light flash to warn that other driver its not safe to pass yet.
And some drivers like the OP mentioned "may" have been trying to be the nice guy and give a OK from his view out front that its ok to pass.....but its entirely up to any driver back there that saw the blinks to pass safely.


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My reading comprehension is excellent. Maybe better than yours, since you didn't answer my question of why I would need a signal to pass when I can clearly see around you and know it is clear to pass. A simple answer please with no insulting, and unnecessary, verbiage.

Apparently your comprehension isn't as good as you seem to think. I could give several scenarios but you seem to be the type that just wants to argue.

If you don't feel the need to observe or comprehend the driver your following out front signals/intent thats fine.


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PenMan wrote:


I do this except for the right signal. I just pull to the right but maintain my speed if I think it is safe for them to pass so they can see past me. If I can't see far enough ahead then I stay out in my lane.


+1 move right when you think it's clear and let them make their move.


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Posted: 07/13/19 04:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for your replies everyone.

A couple notes I did not detail in the first post:

This 2 blink “take a look” signal is never used approaching a road junction. That would be confusing.
It is never used if I can’t see far enough ahead.
It is always received with a “thank you” wave or honk or blink of the 4 ways as the other person passes.
I always use turnouts - I am not a slow driver but I am not in a rush - let the people go - I ride motorcycles and wonder why cars and rvs drive by turnout after turnout while me and 7 other cars, bikes, and loaded trucks parade along behind.
California, desert drivers, bikes, trucks, and Canadians (in no particular order) seem to figger it out. Sometimes they go “what’s he doing?” and miss the first chance then are ready when the next chance is indicated and motor on past.
Why do this? Well you drivers who close up and tailgate but don’t pass, or tailgate 2 or 3 tailgaters thereby creating a 400 ft long parade no one can pass should quit that habit. There eventually is an impatient driver who chances it and goofs it and there is braking and evasive manoeuvers that are totally unnecessary.

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JRscooby wrote:

In my state there is no law posted that the people behind me have a right to drive faster than I am. But we do have a law that states "All trucks, busses, and vehicles pulling trailers must maintain 300 ft intervals." This, if it was self-enforced, would help move traffic on 2 lane roads. What I mean is if you don't know your stuff well enough to pass the car in front of you, and there is not room between you and that car for somebody to drop in and match speed, then you are the one obstructing traffic.

Guess you don't live in Washington State, "Delay of 5 motor vehicles is prohibited". On some two lane state highways, they post signs as a reminder.
RCW 46.61.427
Slow-moving vehicle to pull off roadway.
On a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe because of traffic in the opposite direction or other conditions, a slow moving vehicle, behind which five or more vehicles are formed in a line, shall turn off the roadway wherever sufficient area for a safe turn-out exists, in order to permit the vehicles following to proceed. As used in this section a slow moving vehicle is one which is proceeding at a rate of speed less than the normal flow of traffic at the particular time and place.


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Posted: 07/14/19 05:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

noteven wrote:

Well you drivers who close up and tailgate but don’t pass, or tailgate 2 or 3 tailgaters thereby creating a 400 ft long parade no one can pass should quit that habit. There eventually is an impatient driver who chances it and goofs it and there is braking and evasive manoeuvers that are totally unnecessary.


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Guess you don't live in Washington State, "Delay of 5 motor vehicles is prohibited". On some two lane state highways, they post signs as a reminder.
RCW 46.61.427
Slow-moving vehicle to pull off roadway.
On a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe because of traffic in the opposite direction or other conditions, a slow moving vehicle, behind which five or more vehicles are formed in a line, shall turn off the roadway wherever sufficient area for a safe turn-out exists, in order to permit the vehicles following to proceed. As used in this section a slow moving vehicle is one which is proceeding at a rate of speed less than the normal flow of traffic at the particular time and place.


No, I live in Mo. Most of our hiways are open enough to allow passing without forcing anybody to stop. And most places to pull off are private property. The only issue we have is so many drivers never understand the concept. If you want to drive 5 MPH faster than another, left signal, tap the horn, step left and drop the hammer. (If I see a left turn signal, I'm expecting you to make the step. If you don't then I assume you are close to your turn, and back off and hope you will get out of my way.) The rolling roadblock happens when somebody will not pass, or leave room for the one behind to pass you, and drop back in.

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Interesting thread. I had never heard of the left two-blink signal. I have some trucker friends, I'm going to ask them if they use it or have heard of it.

These days, as someone posted earlier, so many vehicles have a 3 blink "passing" signal available by a quick touch of the blinker control that I wouldn't trust a two-blink signal as allowing a following vehicle to pass. I would assume someone just touched their turn signal quickly and is about to, or already, pulling out to change lanes.

What is a shame these days is that most truckers don't seem to flash their running lights much anymore signaling "thank you" when you let them pass or pull in. When I first started pulling our camper - not that long ago, 15 years - truckers would routinely say "thank you" with their running lights. I kinda miss it now!


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seaeagle2 wrote:


a slow moving vehicle is one which is proceeding at a rate of speed less than the normal flow of traffic at the particular time and place.


Looks like the normal speed is what all you folks behind me are doing since we all are going the same speed. [emoticon]





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Any light on a vehicle, steady or blinking, means only one thing IMO: The light works!
Here in Montana (see MCA 61-8-311) you are required to pull off the road at the first available safe place if there are 4 or more vehicles behind you. On twisty mountain roads what is described here will be ignored by many of us. If you are going slow, and pull off at a safe place, we thank you, and we'll wave as we go by.


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