Sunday, November 26, 2006

Almost run over. Again

I'm thinking that something needs to change in regards to California traffic rules. You see, to get to my home from alomst anywhere but my regular job, I have to get on the highway. Not the freeway, with it's wide expanses of open lanes, but the highway. 2, sometimes 3 lanes of closely packed traffic (ok, not really all that closely packed), often large motorhomes with trailers heading to and from the California desert or river, depending on whether I am looking at a toy box or a trailer.

At least once a week I am nearly run off the road by people in the right hand lane. Blindsided because although I look before I leap, I can't always see them barreling forth at high speeds. The on ramps are not long. I try to adjust my speed when travelling in that lane so that the people getting on the freeway can merge safely. I know I have the right of way, but I also know that I don't have to take it if it is unsafe. Today I was forced onto the shoulder as first the motorhome, and then the 25 ft trailer it was towing passed me by.

My heart beating fast, I was able to merge into traffic safely after it was gone. Split second difference, and I could have been dead. Don't get me started on all the times this happens with semi trucks...


Anonymous said...

I hate those 360-degree ramps ... the ones which make you go all the way around and then merge with on-coming traffic. Not only am I a little disoriented after all that turning, the car is just at 25mph!

Hate those.

Nice blog you got here!

Gary said...

Be extra careful. You're one of my favorite bloggers. I wouldn't want to lose you. :)

Ginamonster said...

Thanks to both of you!

Anonymous said...

I hate those #$%& assholes who see there's a entrance coming up, so, logically, there is traffic that needs to merge and then they don't move from the right hand lane to give them access. arrrgh!

But some of these issues have gotten better since I got a faster car last year