- Enemy Vehicles
- Your Car
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..