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A Beautiful Mind

How we behave behind the wheel, echoes in eternity.

Posted on 2009.02.19 at 14:22

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Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2009-02-21 12:31 (UTC) (Link)
The lady who slowed down on the highway entrance ramp, just before entering a two-lane road filled with vehicles moving at a high-rate of speed (I was behind her.)

Aaarrrggghh. The exit I use to get on the highway near my apartment has a particularly short ramp and you need to gauge your speed accordingly by peering at the highway on the way up. It's easy enough to do and estimate, even when in a small car (the highway is raised, but you *can* see cars in the right lane). Unfortunately about 50% of the time the people do as described above, which is a bit of a nightmare at rush hour since they cause a backup on the ramp and then rely upon the highway traffic to get out of the right lane to let cars on the road from a dead stop.

That said, I think it's fear, poor driving skills and lack of confidence rather than any selfish thought process that goes into inability to properly merge.
ehowton
ehowton at 2009-02-21 15:37 (UTC) (Link)
That makes a lot of sense. You know what would scare me? Trying to accelerate from a dead stop in a break in traffic into that right hand lane. I know you're right about the fear, but isn't that scarier?
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