Semis cutting you off.

ThatsABigOne

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I commute daily from Salt Lake City to Park City via I-80. Everyday there are plenty of semis going about their business. Often, when I am driving in the middle lane at 70mph, and there is a semi truck in the right lane going 60mph, with no obstacles ahead just out of nowhere merges in front of me. They don't just merge slowly, but abruptly merge with 1 light on the blinker. o_O

What is the problem with these semi cutting you off on interstate highway?
 
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JulesMaximus

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For the most part I've found that the people who drive big rigs are generally some of the best drivers on the roads and I always try to do what I can to make their job easier like if they are trying to merge or change lanes and I'm behind and in the lane they are going for I'll slow down and flash my lights on and off a couple times to indicate they are clear to move over into my lane. They almost always flash their lights as a thank you.
 

xSkyDrAx

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Semi drivers are usually pretty good, bus drivers around here on the other hand are bastards. They'll run you off the road as soon as they finished picking up/dropping off their passengers at a bus stop even if you're trapped between cars and you are smack dab in the middle of the lane the bus is trying to go into.
 

JulesMaximus

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Semi drivers are usually pretty good, bus drivers around here on the other hand are bastards. They'll run you off the road as soon as they finished picking up/dropping off their passengers at a bus stop even if you're trapped between cars and you are smack dab in the middle of the lane the bus is trying to go into.

Agreed. I've been buzzed by more bus drivers while riding my bicycle. Some have even crossed into the bike lane. I almost got hit by one a few years ago and he was going 50mph so I'd have been dead for sure.
 

SyndromeOCZ

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I don't think its the truck drivers that are your problem. I'd say its more your location. ;) Only place that is worse for traffic is St George(relatively speaking), which is where i commute daily.
 

EagleKeeper

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Drivers will move over for slower vehicles future on ramps, obstacles that they can see ahead, etc.

It takes time and distance to move a rig, so they try to anticipate a move well in advance.
 

ThatsABigOne

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Drivers will move over for slower vehicles future on ramps, obstacles that they can see ahead, etc.

It takes time and distance to move a rig, so they try to anticipate a move well in advance.

Yes, but they have NOTHING ahead of them that will prompt them to move over.
 

FuzzyDunlop

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There must have been some debri, or something that you just didnt see, that caused him to find the need to swerve abruptly like that. Maybe even wildlife in the ditch. Coulda been anything.

OOOOORRR

he noticed that his beer was about to spill over the the left side of his glass, so he made a quick swerve to make sure non spilled.
 

Raduque

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Semis outweigh my truck by a factor of 10+. They can do whatever the hell they want, and I'll happily get out of the way on the highway.
 

Demo24

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I spend a decent amount of time on the road everyday and quite a bit with trucks all over the place. I rarely have issues with them and give them more courtesy on the road than other vehicles. Always give them room and don't zip around them if they don't move over immediately, they generally will. Mostly its because I know they have a tough job might as well make it a bit easier for them on my end, but I also don't want to be crushed. Nearly got rear ended by one the other day in morning traffic, that was more than enough excitement for my morning .
 

Doppel

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For the most part I've found that the people who drive big rigs are generally some of the best drivers on the roads and I always try to do what I can to make their job easier like if they are trying to merge or change lanes and I'm behind and in the lane they are going for I'll slow down and flash my lights on and off a couple times to indicate they are clear to move over into my lane. They almost always flash their lights as a thank you.
I've found the same. I think they are the best drivers on the road. They know one mistake will kill passengers in another vehicle and their job relies on their continued ability to stay licensed.
 

roguerower

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Say what you want, but semi drivers on I-81 are douchebags. They won't pass when in the right lane, they'll take up both lanes going up an incline at 60mph, they'll randomly swerve into your lane. Douches I tell ya?,
 

Ferzerp

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It would be interesting to see if the people who have no issues with truck drivers primarily drive on flat interstates, or don't drive on 2 lane interstates often.

Typically, what you see around here is a cluster of 4 or 5 trucks all traveling within a 1 mph of one another continually leap frogging each other going up and down hills, and a line of 100 cars behind them trying to get by (but never can because the drivers don't have the courtesy to obey slower traffic, keep right) because on the hills they slow the whole line to 10 under the speed limit.
 

Necrolezbeast

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Are these drivers merging because of another car in the shoulder (broken down, parked, cop car, flat tire, etc)?
 

Bacstar

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One thing I don't miss while I'm living here in Anchorage, AK. Not many semi's driving the roads. In the summers though, RV's and people with their big toy-haulers can really slow things down, especially on the single lane highways that go to pretty much everywhere else in the state.
 

EagleKeeper

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Drivers will move over for slower vehicles, future on ramps, obstacles that they can see ahead, etc.

It takes time and distance to move a rig, so they try to anticipate a move well in advance.

Yes, but they have NOTHING ahead of them that will prompt them to move over.

Nope, the road is clear of debris, animals, and cars.
That you noticed.

Their visibility range is much greater than yours.