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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    • Ophelia on:
      Why?
      The way I see it, at least in Los Angeles (and San Diego--the other counties of California I've been in have it far less pronounced than these two), a lot of the problems seen on the roads can be attributed to a culture that places great value on speed. Essentially, people in L.A and S.D. are trained from an early age to have their gratification instant, and thus they never learn patience. This is why drivers will speed up to block you when you want to change lanes, this is why tailgating is so rampant, this is why they rarely ever come to a complete stop at stop signs, and this is why there's so much lane-weaving: These are drivers who want to go fast and see slowing down or stopping as an admission of inferiority. For the record, people blocking to stop me when I'm changing lanes is an extremely common occurrence that I figured out a good way to ensure you can get into the lane you need fairly quickly: As long as the traffic is not too congested, just slow down by about 5 miles per hour and get in behind them. The driver trying to block you is doing so either because they're not paying attention, or they cannot stand the thought of someone coming over in front of them. In both cases, they will gladly let you in behind them. (Congestion creates a problem because it means there will be someone else behind them who will think the same thing, and the person behind them likewise, and so forth.) It is an animal instict at work. For most creatures, seeing another creature with their back turned to them indicates the back-turned creature has superior authority. Likewise, a creature taking up a space behind another creature is an act of submission. For some reason, Californian drivers fall to these animal instincts and treat their cars as extensions of themselves. They don't want you getting into their lane in front of them because, subconsciously, they interpret it as you asserting authority over them, but they'll let you in behind them because they see it as you acknowledging their superiority. That's what I think.
    • expectnothing on:
      Why?
      That's exactly it. It's the attitude of it's ME me me and the whole world doesn't exist besides me.
    • expectnothing on:
      Why?
      California people tailgate because there's so many damn people, if you didn't, the line of cars would stretch from MEXICO to Oregon. They added 800,000 illegal alien drivers the other year. So that's why. As long as they are not crazy close which I define as you can't even see their headliights behind you. Otherwise, that's how close people drive in RUSH hour. Otherwise, in normal conditions, they're just tailgating and being aholes if it's not rush hour.
    • floyd on:
      Why?
      Why do Los Angeles driver tailgate, I was coming home on the 60 fwy west bound traffic was almost at a stop and this female person in a infinite climb on my bumper so close I could not see her front plate in my rear view camera I got over then she cut me off and flip me off this was a accident waiting to happen and she ended up on the same off ramp on the 10 fwy west. crazy
    • John Carter on:
      Why?
      The CORE reason that California drivers have become (Yes! They were once exemplary drivers!) the worst dang drivers in the country; ATTTITUDE! Many people in California have become extremely selfish, arrogant, rude, and just plain INCONSIDERATE. And it shows clearly in the way they drive. It is a "Me, me, me" attitude that explains why they tailgate and drive as fast as their vehicle will go, with no regard to the safety of themselves or others; they steal the legal right-of-way of as many other drivers that they can; and they will never lower their high-beams, no matter whom they blind! I was born and raised in California, and I used to love it. Now I cannot wait to leave!
    • John Carter on:
      Why?
      It is the result of the pervasive entitlement attitude that has swept over California (I too am a native)! This selfish and inconsiderate attitude reflects clearly in the driving habits of so many people in California.
    • John Carter on:
      Why?
      You are absolutely correct! I live here (in Calif) and I completely agree and sympathize with you!
    • John Carter on:
      Why?
      The article fails to identify the CORE reason that California drivers have become (Yes! They were once exemplary drivers!) the worst dang drivers in the country; ATTTITUDE! Many people in California have become extremely selfish, arrogant, rude, and just plain INCONSIDERATE! And it shows clearly in the way they drive. It is a "Me, me, me" attitude that explains why they tailgate and drive as fast as their vehicle will go, with no regard to the safety of themselves or others; they steal the legal right-of-way of as many other drivers that they can; and they will never lower their high-beams, no matter whom they blind! I was born and raised in California, and I used to love it. Now I cannot wait to leave!
    • 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.

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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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