Two Lane Highway Passing Etiquette?

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My CB Handle is Frank's Comment
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If you're driving on a two lane highway and a truck behind you looks like he wants to pass you, is there any type of etiquette for signaling him to go around? I had a guy behind me the other day who kept veering over to the left and then getting back over like he wanted to pass. I got on the CB and told him to go ahead and come around but got no copy.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Man, the last thing I was ever worried about was someone being in a huge hurry to get by me on a two lane road. If there was a really easy and obvious place that I could help them out and let them by then I would. But if I'm going the speed limit and they're just in a big hurry well I'm not concerned about it in the least to be honest. I'm out there for the long run. I'm not out there to get myself or someone else killed because some jerk wants to run 15 mph over the speed limit. That's his problem if I'm doing the speed limit and he's not happy about it.

You help people out whenever you can and it makes sense to do so. But risking people's lives to help someone out who wants to drive like a cowboy is out of the question. Don't feel bad about it in the least. Do your thing and be safe.

There's no etiquette, really. If I was going to do anything I would veer over a little onto the shoulder so he could see past me and when he made a move I would slow down to let him get it over with as quickly as possible.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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I just hug the fog line as much as I can to leave as much room to see what's coming as possible. If they can't or won't use that to their advantage, that's on them.

Bill F.'s Comment
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If you signal someone to go ahead and pass and something bad happens, you may have some liability. That's why I never wave someone out. You never know what idiot things people may do, and if you are caught on camera giving them the go ahead, you will have involved yourself and your company. It is a lawyer infested world...

Susan D. 's Comment
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I agree Bill. Our company tells us to NEVER give anyone any kind of signal that they're good to pass or whatever. Too much liability for no reason.

Just drive safely and let them do what they will. Don't involve yourself.

Unholychaos's Comment
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I will give 4 wheelers some kind of signal that it's clear to pass, but only if I know for damn sure they can make it safely. I always slow down as they're passing me.

I had an intermodal driver pass me on a 2 lane highway and he caused an on coming 4 wheeler to veer onto the shoulder to avoid getting swallowed. I so wish I had a drive cam...

Never will I EVER pass another truck on a 2 lane highway; I don't care if he's going 30 below. Yeah I'd be ****ed as hell that he's going that slow and slowing me down, but if it means taking 10m longer to get to where I need to go to be safe, that's what it means.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Steve L.'s Comment
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I never try to tell someone to pass me. I have no idea what their skills/abilities are.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Meanwhile down in Texas, water truck drivers are ****ed if you don't drive on the shoulder to let them pass and blast their air horn at you as they run oncoming traffic into the ditch. One good thing about low oil prices is that there are fewer of those guys on the road now.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Meanwhile down in Texas, water truck drivers are ****ed if you don't drive on the shoulder to let them pass and blast their air horn at you as they run oncoming traffic into the ditch. One good thing about low oil prices is that there are fewer of those guys on the road now.

Yeah, Texas has had this thing for quite a long time where they build two lane roads with really wide shoulders and put up signs about "driving friendly the Texas way" (or something?) where you're expected to pull off onto the shoulder to let someone pass I guess? I mean, that does seem friendly but I remember thinking if they added another two feet of pavement you could make it a four lane highway and save the awkwardness.

Someone from Texas needs to explain that to me. I never was sure what that was all about. I felt I was driving friendly but I could have inadvertently been breaking a semi-written law on a road sign.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
millionmiler24's Comment
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Meanwhile down in Texas, water truck drivers are ****ed if you don't drive on the shoulder to let them pass and blast their air horn at you as they run oncoming traffic into the ditch. One good thing about low oil prices is that there are fewer of those guys on the road now.

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Yeah, Texas has had this thing for quite a long time where they build two lane roads with really wide shoulders and put up signs about "driving friendly the Texas way" (or something?) where you're expected to pull off onto the shoulder to let someone pass I guess? I mean, that does seem friendly but I remember thinking if they added another two feet of pavement you could make it a four lane highway and save the awkwardness.

Someone from Texas needs to explain that to me. I never was sure what that was all about. I felt I was driving friendly but I could have inadvertently been breaking a semi-written law on a road sign.

Brett, I am originally from Fort Worth, TX. Drive Friendly the Texas way is a motto that is put on every welcome sign as you enter the state (at least thats how I understood it). I have no idea why the state did that, but the only suggestion is call TX DOT in Austin and ask them. Maybe they want us to feel welcome and drive safer? Thats my guess.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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