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Anyone else notice this?

I've spent some time in the saddle the last couple of days traversing Texas highways. It would seem that some of the big rigs are slowing down to conserve fuel. You get one in the right lane doing 55, approach a hill and the one behind him doing 60 tries to pass. It knots up traffic big time.

IH10 going to Houston (or to San Antonio, if you're faced that way) is usually a smoothe sailing affair. The above was happening big time yesterday. Luckily, I love playing in traffic......BATTLE!!!! Drop a couple of gears on the GT, nail the throttle and instant point and play. See a hole and make it yours, repeat until you bust out of the knot.

Has anyone else in other parts of the country noticed this, or am I suffering from past grape Koolaid?



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post #2 of 13 Old Apr 12th, 2008, 10:45 pm
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so... that was you who cut me off as I was learning to drive the big rig..

I thought so with the sharks teeth on your moto.





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I've spent some time in the saddle the last couple of days traversing Texas highways. It would seem that some of the big rigs are slowing down to conserve fuel. You get one in the right lane doing 55, approach a hill and the one behind him doing 60 tries to pass. It knots up traffic big time.

IH10 going to Houston (or to San Antonio, if you're faced that way) is usually a smoothe sailing affair. The above was happening big time yesterday. Luckily, I love playing in traffic......BATTLE!!!! Drop a couple of gears on the GT, nail the throttle and instant point and play. See a hole and make it yours, repeat until you bust out of the knot.

Has anyone else in other parts of the country noticed this, or am I suffering from past grape Koolaid?
In California, it is common on most of our Interstate highways.

In addition, nobody seems to remember the simple "pass on the left" rule.

Countless slow drivers STAY in the left lane. It is convenient for them as they go by the 18-wheelers. The slow left lane drivers force everyone else to pass in the right lane, praying that as they pass, they won't get trapped behind an 18-wheeler themselves. It is a dangerous, stupid game, trading the selfish, minor convenience of the left-lane drivers for the good flow of the rest of the driving community.

Even worse are the few who accelerate and deliberately try to cut you off after they force you to pass on the right. It happens to me when I'm in the truck, but is never an issue when I'm on the K1200GT.

I wish the California Highway Patrol would issue traffic citations to those who "park" in the left lane.
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I wondered how high gas prices would have to go before drivers would slow down I guess sneaking up on $4 will do it .

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In California, it is common on most of our Interstate highways.

In addition, nobody seems to remember the simple "pass on the left" rule.

Countless slow drivers STAY in the left lane. It is convenient for them as they go by the 18-wheelers. The slow left lane drivers force everyone else to pass in the right lane, praying that as they pass, they won't get trapped behind an 18-wheeler themselves. It is a dangerous, stupid game, trading the selfish, minor convenience of the left-lane drivers for the good flow of the rest of the driving community.

Even worse are the few who accelerate and deliberately try to cut you off after they force you to pass on the right. It happens to me when I'm in the truck, but is never an issue when I'm on the K1200GT.

I wish the California Highway Patrol would issue traffic citations to those who "park" in the left lane.
I agree, this often ignored practice is far more dangerous than someone merely going a few mph over the limit in a safe, courtious manner. Yet the CHP choses to go after the 'speeder' while ignoring the big rigs, motorhomes, and others needlessly blocking the fast lane he had to fight his/her way past to catch the chosen prey.
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post #8 of 13 Old Apr 13th, 2008, 12:40 pm
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Yes all big rigs are slowing.........including myself. Since the motorhome I drive to rallies and shows is 60' and weighs in at just under 40,000 lbs I went from driving 72 to the low 60's. Fuel milage went from 6.5 to 9.5. That's a big savings when your paying $4.27 a gallon for diesel.
It's absolutely inexcusable for slower traffic not to keep to the right ( it's the law here in Pa.) and for drivers not to use mirrors. I'm always mindfully of the people behind me.
One of my pet peeves are the people that don't have a clue on how to merge from a entrance ramp on a interstate highway. Here I am keeping to the right, approaching an interchange looking at the car who is now entering the interstate with plenty of room and time to match their speed with traffic except there still driving 35 mph and pull right in front me and then speed up.
The bottom line is there are just an awful lot of very poor drivers out there!
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I don't notice it much in Ohio. The speed limit is 55 for trucks, so we are used to them going slow. I-71 has three lanes most of the way through the state now so that makes it nice. I am curtious to trucks, if they've got their turn signal on and want in my lane I'll slow down and let them in.

But to the fruit cake, market hog finishing semi, in Iowa, driving in the left hand lane for 6 miles, when the right lane is clear. I look at you when I pass, and seemed like you were cussing up a storm. Then swirve right behind me into the right lane. Whats your problem??? I know most of you guys are pumping speed and all sorts of stuff with your two log books. But come on get over!!! By the way. Wash your truck once in a while, I would have rejected your trailer.

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Well , ...I have heard it said that >>... Any body that drives faster then me is an Idiot , & Anybody that drives slower that me is a Moron (;-Ľ)

Also , the drivers ..(read truck) .. are out there trying to make a living . The guys that are paid by the mile tend to hammer down , the guys that are paid by the hour ...not so much .

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A lot of people are slowing down--FINALLY! As you accurately noted, this is just trying up traffic because most people are such lousy drivers.

Is it necessary for one truck doing 56 to crawl by the other truck doing 55? Just because you have a carpool, do you need to be in the carpool lane, doing 60? Does the bus have to be in the left lane or the carpool lane, holding up traffic that wants to pass?

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I've spent some time in the saddle the last couple of days traversing Texas highways. It would seem that some of the big rigs are slowing down to conserve fuel. You get one in the right lane doing 55, approach a hill and the one behind him doing 60 tries to pass. It knots up traffic big time.

IH10 going to Houston (or to San Antonio, if you're faced that way) is usually a smoothe sailing affair. The above was happening big time yesterday. Luckily, I love playing in traffic......BATTLE!!!! Drop a couple of gears on the GT, nail the throttle and instant point and play. See a hole and make it yours, repeat until you bust out of the knot.

Has anyone else in other parts of the country noticed this, or am I suffering from past grape Koolaid?
Wuzn't there some news last week about a cross-country slow-down of truck drivers who wanna protest the high prices of diesel? Not sure if that's what we're seeing hereabouts - IH-35 coming outta San Antonio heading north, has some two lane, butt mostly three lane; with signage telling truckers to NOT use the left lanes for the next 70 miles.

Well, yestiday, on my run back home from the RTE, I'm traveling southbound on IH-35 with three lanes of traffic. On the northbound side, there are only two lanes (lotsa construction). There is a ?stalled? truck in their right lane, snug up against the concrete barrier. Traffic is backed up behind him for nearly three miles, as best I can judge - moving, butt creeping. No shoulder - it's concrete barrier lined on both sides. Legit breakdown or not, that prolly left a less-than-favorable impression on those wanting to do the speed limit - expecially if they'd heard the newz item.

I'm not too sure that a truck slowdown that impacts other traveling vehicles is gonna get the truckers point across about protesting the price of diesel.
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I live in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is an Indian word that means "fat people who drive bad". We have a chronic clogging of the left lane regardless of the price of fuel. I notice it all the time, whether aboard a bike or in a cage.

Our major highways are all marked with signs that say Slow Traffic Keep Right. They interpret that to mean that they should use the left lane when traveling at the speed limit, and the right lane if your velocity is below the posted speed limit.

Some truckers have slowed, but they usually adhere to the 55 mph speed limit for tractor trailers. They usually stay in the right lane, unless some dillweed in a car is humping along at 50 mph in front of them.

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