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Posted: 07/18/21 02:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

toedtoes wrote:

I always leave 3-4 seconds between me and the car in front of me. Especially in stop and go traffic.

For those who decry "they cut in front of me", think about it.

This is NOT a line. You don't reach a common end where those extra cars will get the prize before you. So it doesn't matter how many cars are in front of you - as long as you are moving forward, you are getting where you are going.

Leaving the space and letting cars move over and get off the highway/freeway without having to stop will get everyone to their destinations faster than if you hoard the space and make them slow down or stop to make their exit - regardless of how many cars there are.

It also reduces your stress level.


Thank you!

When driving a heavier vehicle, you not only need to allow distance to react to the car in front slowing, you need to add extra distance because he can slow faster than you can. The fact that somebody will steal your following distance, and still not have any is something an adult has to deal with. The only safe thing you can do about it is drop off his donkey and repeat. This is why you often see 2 trucks running side by each approaching a lane drop. You can rant about them blocking traffic, but in just a few seconds the trucks are rolling at the average speed traffic is moving and most of the speed-up/slow-down/speed-up is gone.

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Posted: 07/18/21 03:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another caution is remembering motorcycles can stop extremely quickly so giving them extra space is warranted.

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valhalla360 wrote:

Good advice but this is a situation that technology will solve over the next 10-20yrs as adaptive cruise becomes standard.


I've ridden in a vehicle with adaptive cruise control, you have to set it to follow close, otherwise folks keep entering in front of you and the adaptive cruise keeps backing off the throttle to maintain the gap if you set it to large.


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noteven wrote:


And then settles in 1 point 5 seconds off your stern and drives there ...

Why?


Well that's better than 0.5


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Why you should never follow to close!

Following to close danger!


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Give it a try for a few thousand miles before you decry all the bad issues your mind invents.


150 miles was all I needed, I don't care for it. In fact for me it's a I will not buy a vehicle with it.


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noteven wrote:

I wonder about another phemo...phenoma... situation that I experience on lonely western roads..

You are cruising along all by yourself at whatever speed... and in the mirrors another vehicle appears...

It catches you after a few km/miles...

And then settles in 1 point 5 seconds off your stern and drives there ...

Why?


That happens most everywhere, the proctologists are on their phones and need only to glance up occasionally to see if your butt is right there. Doing it that way there is no decisions to be made about speed or lane.





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noteven wrote:

I wonder about another phemo...phenoma... situation that I experience on lonely western roads..

You are cruising along all by yourself at whatever speed... and in the mirrors another vehicle appears...

It catches you after a few km/miles...

And then settles in 1 point 5 seconds off your stern and drives there ...

Why?


I HATE THAT. I try to slow up , move over as best as I can, and let them pass. There have been times where I've had to safely find a place to pull off and let them go by.

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Tyler0215 wrote:

The ones that tick me off are drivers that come up in the left lane, get even with your back bumper and stay there mile after mile.


Yes, that is bad too. But, that one is easy to fix. Stop the cruise control for a little while and let them pull out in front of you.

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You could bolt a 24" pipe wrench to your trailer bumper that should keep em back a bit, trouble is you're likely to get pulled over from time to time and need to explain to the officer it's firmly bolted in place.

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