Freeway Onramps

The Freeway is one of my favorite places to drive provided it’s not to crowded and there is room to get by people (pretty much the same thing). To me one of the
best skills in driving is to be able to drive fast on the freeway and still make it past people even in the most crowded situations..

One of the most dangerous parts of Freeway driving is entering the freeway. There are plenty of ways you can get screwed here.

Slow people ahead

What happens quite often is you get someone ahead of you who think it’s a good idea to enter a freeway at 45-50 mph. They then realize that everyone on the
freeway is going a hell of a lot faster than them (BIG SURPISE!) and do one of two things: they continue on in the slow lane but give it a little more gas, or
they jerk it into the middle lane or the lane left of the slow lane and floor it leaving you totally screwed quite often. You should enter the freeway at a speed greater or about the same of the people in the the slow lane. Usually that’s 60-75 mph

If you think you’re behind one of these people, try to wait a bit before entering the freeway. Drive really slow on the onramp (even if people behind get pissed) till
that person has got on the freeway and then floor it. Usually slowing down long enough will give you the space to get in ok.

Another trick you can do is wait a bit at the light before going. As if you didn’t know it was green 🙂

If you do find yourself getting screwed, try to jerk it to the lane to the left of the slow lane. The slow person ahead of you will most often do the same thing, screwing
you again, which will make you have to either slow down behind them or try for the next lane to the left (Often the fast lane) If there is no room open, you get screwed, (which happens a lot) but if you’re lucky that left lane is open, you can get around the moron, and give them a nice flip-off, to which they give you a dumb look because they really have no clue why you are mad. They really are that stupid.

Here is how it is: The on ramp is designed to allow you to gain enough speed before entering the freeway so that you will be at the speed or greater
traffic is driving in that slow lane. I believe this is taught in driver’s ed. If not, it should be. No one seems to understand this simple concept. If they did,
then you wouldn’t get screwed so much. The freeway is not the place to accelerate, it’s the onramp.

Truck on On-ramp

There is nothing a truck can do. It just can’t accelerate fast enough to get to a decent speed. So you have to follow the above instructions and not blame
the guy. He didn’t make the truck 🙂

Trucks in slow lane

Another time you get screwed is when trying to get on the freeway, it’s full up of cars or even worse Slow Truck. Then it’s the people’s responsibility to open a space for you by either changing a lane to the left or slowing down/speeding up. In LA and some busy freeways they have those lights before you get on the freeway (also known as meters) to let you know when it’s ok to get on.

Once you’ve made it on the freeway, you’ve fought half the battle..


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    • Englishman on:
      Why?
      I'm a Brit and I've been saying this for years, now I find a whole website devoted to the subject. I feel vindicated! Having driven quite a lot of miles on the roads of about 28 US states, the moment you get into California everything changes! Anything goes on the roads there, you have to adopt a completely different style of driving just to accommodate their sheer lunacy! It's probably the stress of living in a sate where everyone likes to think they're a hippy when most of them are just a bunch of wage-slaves on the corporate merry-go-round!
    • Cam on:
      Why?
      I was born in Washington. WSP. I lived near Shelton. Near their police academy. They use Highland road to practice on speeders. They lowered the speed limit on the road to write tickets. If California is too lenient Washington is too strict. We moved to California. A much better place to live and drive. Washington is full of vindictive drivers. California is not. If you live in California do as the Romans. We adapted it works.
    • Zach on:
      Vans
      I kinda feel like part of the reason California drivers suck is because they are in such a rush to get where there going they put other people at risk by doing a bunch of risky manouvers. So the guy in the vans an idiot, you know intentionally cutting him off close isn't going to make him not do that shit anymore. If people just learned to let shit go traffick would go faster because there would be less accidents.
    • NoLoveForCali on:
      Why?
      Agreed. Freaking idiots.
    • NoLoveForCali on:
      Why?
      I wish they would leave TX, too. Jerks.
    • Auchoo on:
      Why?
      I know some very sweet people who drive like they just got behind the wheel, or as if they don't understand the laws of motion. I also know some very stressed people who drive like fools. I likely drive too fast at times, but I don't tailgate or weave or cut people off. I go with the general flow of traffic. I get angry when speed demons drive in the slow lanes and when slugs drive in the fast lane. Why? They're creating a perfect storm for accidents. We have no CHP. Or it seems that way. I can drive for months, for hundreds, thousands of miles, and NEVER see a CHP. Assanine law makers REFUSE to send us the money to hire more CHP. It's been an issue for decades. As the bureaucrats allow more illegals and unskilled drivers to drive on our roads and highways, and fail to deal with those who text and drive, and fail to police our hwys, we will continue to have sucky, dangerous roads, and people will continue to be killed on the hwy. Want change? Vote out the current law makers. The are blind bats.
    • dresden on:
      Why?
      If you want to go slow. Law states slow traffic to move to the right. No one owns the road. Also be mindful some people may have emergencies like a pregnancy.
    • dresden on:
      Why?
      So you admit you turn in front of people going the speed limit and force them to slow down? Sounds like your just another control freak who just has to mess with traffic. I haven't seen you cite any creative ideas to help everyone win. Here's an idea to help. Wait until its reasonably clear before you pull in front of people as tye dmv book states in many states. I even cited above a law too. You haven't cited anytbing. Sounds like your also a problem too. Demon speeders and control freaks who want to pull in front of people and stay in the left most lane for "freeway changes". You know they usually have a few lanes for you to be in (if you read the arrows on the sign) and there are usually two or three. So you can still pick a right slower lane even for freeway changes. So I think your just making excuses like a typical Californian to just mess with people and justify it. Your just as much a bully and just as much ignorant of the law. I am not siding with the author, but I also think you help continue to problems. I hope that on day when you have an emergency that someone goes slow in front of you and just holds you up so hopefully on the off chance you may gain self awareness that there's more than just you in the world. Selfishness has little to no value in society. Which means selfish boisterous and rude people like you are a cancer to society.
    • dresden on:
      Why?
      Remember that when you have an emergency that involves a family members life. Or when someone fails to yeild and holds up the ambulance. I Can't wait till I move to Idaho (they don't drive fast there), because they follow proper lane laws. If you think you own the road because because r vindicated in your opinion that your driving slower than the speed limit. Your no better than the demon speeders and your judgement is not only a futile double standard argument, it's also just as disrespectful to others just as much as driving like a dope fuel dragster jerk. So get see self awareness or just expect people like me to just challenge the weak foundation of your self righteousness with grandiose feeling of highfalutin narcissistic and just as selfish thinking. Make your freeway change and afterwords get over to the slow lane where the law states you belong. Dmv book, read it son.
    • dresden on:
      Why?
      I was born and raised in Cali, and have moved to and from Cali. Served my country and went to Korea (2014), no thanks needed. Before I lived in Idaho I enjoyed Cali (due to the tropical area we lived). After I came back to Cali, I just don't get it anymore. As a native, I wonder how they learned these balehaviours and how I missed them. Every time we drive we always have to drive defensively. Is there something in the water? Is it cause they are spoiled and pampered princesses? Quite a few of you hit the nail on the head. Do me a favor, spread the word about this. Perhaps years and years f a propeganda campaign on poor Cali driving may help brainwash them to want to change it to fight the offensive label. Use social media to politicize it until they are tired of hearing it and change. Usually if you label a group of people, they fight to change it. Look at every race in history and their struggles.

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    I’ve driven in California since 1991. I’ve spent many trips running up and down the state as well as driving in many other states. After all of this driving, I became fed up with how bad California drivers on. I wanted to point out what they do to either help change a few drivers or at least entertain the rest of the world with Californian’s horrible driving.

    I’m located in Orange County in a couple of the richest areas. I see every type of car that is out there in this area. It’s like a car show. Going to a car show isn’t exciting anymore because you see most of the cars driving around anyway. I also work at a place where people buy all the different types of cars. We have Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Lotus, etc. So you can even see a lot of the cars in the work parking lot.

    Disclaimer: You’re on your own with these tips. They are not the official law and in no way represent what you should be doing should a cop pull you over.

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