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post #1 of 7 Old Apr 11th, 2019, 9:28 am Thread Starter
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semi changing lanes

Hey All;

just pure curiosity.
If a semi wants to change lanes into your lane, not being dangerous, just a normal change lanes.
how do you guys signal him to let him in?
When I drive a car i just turn the lights on/off.
Now I flash my brights a few times and seems to work.
I have them change lanes quite a bit because cars are not very nice and will just hang these guys out to dry.
Again, just pure curiosity. Weird stuff I think about.

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post #2 of 7 Old Apr 11th, 2019, 9:55 am
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Re: semi changing lanes

I flash my brights, give them plenty of room and let them come over. I would rather be behind them than beside them when they decide to move over.
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Re: semi changing lanes

I agree with Cool, I back down and flick the lights. But I do not ride behind trucks. You can not see what is ahead or what they run over and flip on you. Around here the trucks go back to the outside lane, 2 or 3 generally. In California on I5 they hang in #1 for ages so it is a battle. I ride with the theory that if I can do something good for someone once and a while it makes up for what I do poorly quite often. Why piss off the old lady who is just trying to get to the store. We all will be there. I'm darn close. I live nearw the Canadian border so the freeway and some back roads are very busy with trucks dealing with the only road to the west coast. I see a lot of interesting stuff out there on I5.

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Hey All;

just pure curiosity.
If a semi wants to change lanes into your lane, not being dangerous, just a normal change lanes.
how do you guys signal him to let him in?
You don't. The driver of the other vehicle is in sole control of his and the vehicle's safety. You are not a traffic officer. As a motorcyclist I am astounded that you would even consider such a thing, it is so incredibly dangerous. If you want to allow someone to merge, just adjust your speed and leave a decent gap. If they go for it, all well and good, but you must not encourage them because they are likely to manouvre without the proper care... and take out an overtaking bike that nobody noticed because YOU 'gave them authority to do so'.

The UK Highway Code says that the only meaning of lights or horn is to declare "I am here" and no other meaning should be assumed.

Sadly we have the same issue on our roads and it is a real bugbear of mine. That and idiots pulling up on a main road and flashing at me to cross in front of them. Not on your Nelly! I am the one that will be taken away in a box.

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Re: semi changing lanes

This is a common practice on this side of the pond and it is considered a courtesy by the truckers to let them KNOW you are OK with them changing lanes. They have a hard time judging distance on motorcycles. It helps expedite traffic flow on our interstate highways. Been doing it here for over 50 years. Beside you all drive on the wrong side of the road and have MOTs.
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It's common practice here too, along with drug driving and drunk driving. Doesn't make it any less dangerous though.

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Re: semi changing lanes

I am not trying to change your mind but I fail to see danger in the practice.

Scenario: I see a trucker in the next lane is approaching a slower truck and will need to get over to pass or lose momentum (we have lots of hills), but he cannot because I am going faster than he is. I slow to give him room and signal that I will not evoke road rage if he now pulls in front of me to pass the slower truck. I can make up the speed loss far easier than he can.

I have seen videos of your motor ways and I would heed your advise if I ever found myself driving on them.

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