space_raptor wrote:space-raptors current pet peeve: people who merge onto roads while driving 20 km/h slower than the speed of traffic on that road. I leave plenty of room for those dumbasses to get in if they're merging into my lane, and I still have to hit the brakes, and if I'm behind them in the merge lane, they totally fuck up the flow of my merging plan.
People do that here
, rather frequently, by turning right from the side street directly onto the entrance ramp and then trying to accelerate from 20 mph up to highway speed in the short distance they have left. Usually the ones who don't pay attention to the speed with which traffic is approaching.
They also do something similar here
(annoyingly enough, the other end of the exact same side street) when turning onto or off of the side street from the major thoroughfare that just happens to have two relatively fast moving flows of traffic merging exactly where the intersection is. Getting through this one safely requires looking in at least three directions at once, and it's almost always when you're looking behind you at the stream of traffic that you're trying to merge with when someone decides to turn out directly in front of you from that side street or come to a very sudden stop trying to turn onto it. (This is a design that should be shown to budding traffic engineers as an example of What Not To Do. I know of entirely too many people who've been seriously injured or even killed in collisions at or near the exact center of that image.)
It should be noted that both of these problem intersections are in an area of a major city in Texas where most if not all of the drivers are severely lacking in basic driving skills, and are often driving one of two rather distinctive types of vehicles: 1) dilapidated quarter to half ton pickups that are so poorly maintained they actually pose a hazard of falling completely apart in a traffic lane, driven 20-30 mph under the speed limit by drivers who look rather unfamiliar with US roads, or 2) cheaply modified "tuner" lookalike cars driven by extremely aggressive kids whose favorite hobby seems to be either tailgating or lane splitting and who can be counted on to do the most unexpected thing possible in any situation, usually so abruptly that if you're not watching them to the exclusion of all else, you're likely to get hit when they (all too often) are a little short on situational awareness, shall we say ..