Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Dear Trooper Kathy: I have to tell you about my pet peeve. I can't stand it when I am on the highway and the sign says merge. I get so mad when people keep going by me instead of merging. Why do they do this?
Trooper Kathy Says: You are not going to like my answer. They are correct. When you are on a highway with two lanes going the same direction and there is a "merge" or "lane closed ahead" sign the proper way to merge is for BOTH lanes to proceed up until the last sign. At that point the vehicles SHOULD ALTERNATE merging. It should be like a zipper. This actually helps avoid congestion and shortens the long lines that occur.
I also want to bring it to your attention the most common "Pet Peeves" and the solutions. Remember, if you have a PET PEEVE it means you have a lower than normal tolerance of certain driving behaviors. Try to keep your impatience in check.
¥ TAILGATING-If you are the one being tailgated-signal right, slow down gradually, and pull off the road onto the shoulder and stop. Let the traffic go by, then return to the roadway.
¥ CUTTING YOU OFF-When people cut you off-or come in too quickly after they pass you, it's because they fail to look in the correct mirror. You should not pull back in from a pass until you can see the front of the vehicle you are passing in your rear view mirror (NOT the side mirror).
¥ FLUCTUATING SPEED-I highly recommend ALL people use a cruise control UNLESS there are adverse conditions present.
¥ PEOPLE THAT PULL OUT IN FRONT OF YOU AND THEN DRIVE SLOW-Try not to react by tailgating them. Instead, if it is safe to do so, go ahead and pass them or wait behind them until they can get their speed up.
¥ SPEEDERS-Just because it SEEMS like you are the ONLY one who obeys the speed limit, you are not. Remember, those that are going the same speed as you, will not catch up to you.
¥ BLUE HEADLIGHTS-I know it appears that those oncoming vehicles have BLUE lights on but they are not. They are, however, a high intensity light that is supposed to light up the road a little farther than past headlights.
¥ DARK WINDOWS-People can't see where the driver is looking so it is very difficult to "watch the other driver" as we teach defensive drivers.
¥ LEFT TURNS-Drivers should PULL UP into the intersection to await the lull in traffic. If they haven't entered the intersection, by the time they pull up into the intersection, there is no longer enough time for them to turn left.
¥ PARKING FACING THE WRONG WAY-If you live in the country and you have to get your mail, pull into the driveway and walk back to your mailbox to get your mail. If you face the wrong way on the roadway to get your mail, that is illegal and dangerous to oncoming traffic.
¥ HORN HONKERS-the proper way to use your horn is to warn, not to let someone know when you are irritated with their behavior.
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. Sgt. Pederson will not offer advice on specific situations or real events, which involve law enforcement.