I recently made a trip from NJ to ME and back. One thing I noticed is that
people using acceleration lanes refuse to accelerate. If there is a gap in
front of me and behind me the people merging will most often end up right
next to me and then struggle to get in.
Had this happen to me just the other day.
For thosewho didn't already know, Caltrans has just finished a major project on
the I-5 near Disneyland. Aside from the usual widening, they reworked the Euclid
Street onramp; it's now a long flyover ramp with 2 lanes at the street entrance
which merge down to a single lane when it joins the freeway. I was in the left
of the two lanes. Ahead of me was a baby SUV; next to it in the right lane was a
90's model Ford Thunderbird.
When the light turned green, the SUV ahead of me started off slow, like she had
a raw egg between her foot and the gas pedal. Despite the completely clear lane
ahead of him, ThunderChicken matches speed with the SUV, keeping station
directly in her blind spot. As we proceeded down the ramp, gradually
accelerating to 40MPH (and approaching I-5, where the 85th percentile speeds are
close to 90MPH), ThunderChicken remains at his post; he sees his lane squeezing
off up ahead, but instead of giving it a little gas and merging into the wide
open space in front of Baby SUV, it is obvious that he intends to merge in
BEHIND Baby SUV (and in front of me).
Needless to say, that didn't happen. I stuck to Baby SUV's tail like glue,
leaving no room at all for ThunderChicken to even attempt to merge in. As we
puttered along (up to 45MPH now) and his lane kept getting narrower and
narrower, TC *still* remained at station, apparently thinking I would relent and
allow him to merge in. Up until the very last moment, all it would have taken
was a small movement of the accelerator for him to pass Baby SUV and pull into
the clear - but NOOOOOO, TC apparently had a right to merge in wherever he damn
well pleased, and by golly-gosh he was going to exercise that right!
Ultimately, ThunderChicken ran out of road, slowed down, and pulled in behind
me. At that precise moment, I pulled out from behind Baby SUV and merged
smoothly into the 85 - 90MPH traffic, leaving both of the idiots mired in a
traffic snarl of their own creation as they attempted to merge in at roughly
half the speed of the existing traffic.
Label me as a staunch NON-enabler. ;)
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