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Old 05-02-2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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Pulling Over when Going Slowly

More of a curiosity question than anything... Whilst on a two-lane highway and pulling a trailer slows you down so traffic is backing up do you regularly pull over to let folks pass?

Added--- BTW, we do!

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Old 05-02-2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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Yes. In some states there is a law on how many cars you can stack behind you, but it is common courtesy to pull over when possible...

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Old 05-02-2012, 04:34 PM   #3
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I always pull over if a working truck or just about any vehicle comes up behind me on a single lane road. I figure they're working and I'm not. Usually they give a thanks toot. On Oregon 101 they provide nice turnouts to make it easy.

I never do it on up hills.

I do it even if I am maintaining the speed limit.

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Old 05-02-2012, 04:34 PM   #4
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Yes, we do, especially going up hills. I always take the slow lane on hills, too.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:34 PM   #5
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I spent the month of March in Texas, and it appears to me that the drivers there "expect" you to pull over. It was odd.....I'd be running down a two lane, and a car behind me would have ample opportunity to pass me ( no oncoming traffic at all ) and yet they would just sit back there. I'd move over....they would pass me and give me a "thanks" wave or flash of their blinkers....and away they would go.

Here in Missouri, if you moved over, traffic behind you would probably think you were in the process of crashing....and would drop way back ! LOL.
Around here, normally, people will pass you in an assertive manner, using the on coming lane.

I was also a little surprised to note that most people in Texas did not drive really fast like I expected they would. I tow typically between 53 to 59 mph......and when other folks passed me, they would just slowly disappear into the distance. Most seemed to be running right at the posted limits.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:39 PM   #6
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I do and hopefully other Egg owners do also.
Living in summer destination are I can tell you the majority of RV owners don't.
Once school is out my one hour trip to Bakersfield, 42 miles, will turn into an hour and a half.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:42 PM   #7
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I grew up in Michigan and I can't recall ever seeing this behavior. I can't recall my driver's ed teacher ever advocating such a move, in fact I think it might have gotten me flunked if I had done so.

In other parts of the country I see it fairly often. Regional differences, I guess.

I don't usually pull over. I don't think it's appropriate or safe to leave the highway proper and drive on the shoulder.
(edit): I definitely do move over if there's another lane; I have been assuming that this was a discussion about moving over to the shoulder, whether paved or not.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:44 PM   #8
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I should add to my first note... we pull over when and where it's safe. If it's just a gravel shoulder...we wait.
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:51 PM   #9
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States that have laws requiring slow drivers to pull over usually have places where you can get out of the traffic lane. If I can get over safely I'll do it.
I noticed the same thing Texas as was mentioned above. Once I figured it out I simply pull over a bit when it's safe to be passed.

As with many things you pull over or not when depending of safety.

Speaking pulling over, many states now have "move over" laws. When there's more than one lane going in the same direction when there's a vehicle on the side of the road with lights flashing you're required to slow down and move over a lane, if you can move over. If you can't move over because of traffic, etc. you're required to slow down.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:34 PM   #10
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Yea, I noticed that about Texas on my first trip through the state in 1996. I don't know if it is official, but drivers expect you to pull over at least half a lane off the pavement to let them pass, even if you are already doing over the limit.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #11
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It can be hard to see past an RV in order to pass so here in Mich. I tend to shift as far to the right as I can when I see it's clear for passing, most get the hint and jump on the chance. Out west or in hilly areas I keep an eye open for a place that is safe to pull to the side. Bearing in mind one soft shoulder can ruin your whole day.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:20 PM   #12
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In Colorado, your required to pull over when it's safe if you have 5 or more vehicles behind you. I pull over whenever I can (though I don't usually hold up to much traffic). It's makes me crazy when people hold up traffic because they don't have the power to get up that hill.

Or because they don't have proper tires during the winter weather! Really? Get off the road if you can't maintain your car properly!
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:01 PM   #13
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we do pull to the edge of the road, if able, to allow others to pass. but safety is our top priority. when a jerk with a hotfoot is behind us, and itching to pass even though it is obviously not safe to do so, then dennis is more likely to maintain his position. i'm talking about single lanes of traffic.....when travelling on double (or more) lanes, we keep to the right as often as possible.
my one pet peeve-----highways with the occasional exit on the LEFT. when drivers are unfamiliar with a road, plus pulling a trailer, this can be a killer. having to cut across multiple lanes is very dangerous..... we haven't seen it often and hope it stays that way!!
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:29 PM   #14
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Growing up in Tx we couldnt figure why slow drivers in other parts of the country wouldnt pull over. We flashed our lights and e'thing. It was quite aggravating thinking they were just being inconsiderate. Never dawned on us it wasnt the custom everywhere. Tx regularly has shoulders as wide as the normal lane itself and paved/striped so it's very safe. The summer trip to Tx last year I commented too bad they didnt just turn that shoulder into a regular lane since it ran the entire length of the highway and was just as nice. Then you'd have a 4 lane instead of a 2 lane.

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