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PJ's Comment
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Don’t worry about what others are doing. Stay alert and keep a good eye out to ensure one of the passing vehicles don’t hit you. You are doing the right things, except using the flashers. Those are to alert others to a hazardus condition and if your at or close to the posted speed limit your not a hazard.

I see people doing stupid things all the time. Just say a prayer for them and do your own thing.

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Hours Of Service

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Stevo Reno's Comment
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See it all the time too, I just do what I do and follow speed limits posted. You never know where a state trooper might be hiding ! Same in 4 wheelers, I'll get someone fly by me in my honda, they will get miles ahead (for a bit)

Then guess what? the next red light, I'll pull up along side of that same idiot that blew by me in a rush, That's a "crack me up" moment, I'll look over at em & SMDH

RealDiehl's Comment
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...It's just a shame more trucks don't follow the signs. I don't know if they can't read them, they don't think the rules apply to them, they're rebels or what but there's always trucks driving in the right lane through those areas.

When I see trucks traveling in the left lane for no apparent reason it makes my "spidey-senses" tingle. Like maybe I missed a sign, or someone sent a message over the cb about a recent lane closure ahead. There is usually a reason. A lot of times if I'm going to slow for mr/Mrs speedy behind me, they will actually move into the right lane to pass. SMH.

HOS:

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HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob D.'s Comment
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I have developed a theory on the "trucks use left lane" signs. That it is traffic control. If one truck in the left lane goes the speed limit and one car in right lane goes the speed limit then everyone goes the speed limit.

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Here's what I think is going on in those work zones where trucks are restricted to the left lane. Check this out next time you are in one of those areas. They are usually in an area where they've shifted the lanes so that the right lane is partially on the former shoulder of the road. The pavement on those shoulders is not designed for extended use by 80,000 pound vehicles. I'm fairly sure that's why they move those trucks over to the left lane.

Packrat mentioned this as well and RD mentions another good point about the lane shift. I had also thought about merging traffic as well. Put the trucks in the left lane and you don't have as much merging conflict.

But these reasons did not always make sense. Some times the lane shift puts the trucks on the "inside" shoulder. Sometimes the left lane is worse for off tracking or very narrow where you are right next to a jersey barrier but the right lane is wider.

I started wondering if speed control might be the reason when I was in the left lane doing 45 mph right next to a car doing 45 mph. All the trucks were backed up behind me and all the cars were backed up in the right lane. all of them going 45 mph and impatient.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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I have developed a theory on the "trucks use left lane" signs. That it is traffic control. If one truck in the left lane goes the speed limit and one car in right lane goes the speed limit then everyone goes the speed limit.

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Here's what I think is going on in those work zones where trucks are restricted to the left lane. Check this out next time you are in one of those areas. They are usually in an area where they've shifted the lanes so that the right lane is partially on the former shoulder of the road. The pavement on those shoulders is not designed for extended use by 80,000 pound vehicles. I'm fairly sure that's why they move those trucks over to the left lane.

^^^ Exactly this. When I used to ride out w/the hubby on the road, hauling asphalt on i75 on the way to Toledo, it was JUST this. According to Tom, the berm (during construction) was only 4 to 8" thick, as they were adding TO the roadway. The regular, existing roadway ... was already there, and 'thickened' through the years; ergo ..left lane pre existed.

The left lane, where we were assigned as T/T's .. was literally HUGGING the Jersey Barriers / Lennils (<< hauled those too...) and scared the bejeezus out of me.. but, it was what it was.

Saw a few 4 wheelers even swerve right, from the right lane..and had a hard time correcting back ON to the pavement.

I'm glad i75 to Toledo is ONE (or ten?) and DONE, LoL~!!

TCB ... agreed, that also . . . imho.

~ Anne ~

ps: Did I tell you....that left lane construction hug, scared the heck outta me ?!? Never drove it ONCE. Closed my eyes or read a book, actually!

Be safe, drivers. Hopefully construction season is over, soon !! (ergo: winter, LoL!) << Can't win...imho~

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jammer a's Comment
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Yep that’s exactly why it say high wind area high profile vehicles use left lane ( I live right by there)

I think some of those areas that shift trucks to the left lane is to protect workers on the right. There is one area, where hwy 95 crosses the Colorado River at the Hoover damn, that has a permanent trucks in left lane area. I was thinking that is because of winds possibly blowing trucks off the bridge if in right lane.

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