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Old 02-28-2016, 05:03 PM   #61
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You'd be nuts to use some pullouts. It would take an hour for traffic to ease enough to get back on the highway.
Cannot speak for Canada . When I use a pullout or a passing lane I make sure I can do it safely for myself as well . But I don't want to hold others up because I want to go slower . There are a lot of rude , dangerous people on the road especially not pulling trailers who just want you to get out of their way even if you are doing speed limits . Pretty scary Glen and you need enough room to merge back safely for yourself as well . Pat
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Old 02-28-2016, 05:17 PM   #62
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I drove narrow mountain logging roads for two summers when I worked in Idaho. When we got to a pullout when going uphill on those narrow gravel roads we would pull off and stop. Then we would roll the windows down and listen for a log truck Jake brake coming down. Hearing none, we would drive like Hell for the next pull off. Lather rinse and repeat for about twenty miles until we reached our destination. Drove into the short side ditch several times but never over the edge. Good times. Loggers appreciated your attentiveness and would set them up in the Selway bar in Kooskia on a Friday night.
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Old 02-28-2016, 05:20 PM   #63
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The pull outs I'm use to are areas where you you can stop and they usually have a garbage can and some have washrooms.

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Oops must have been thinking about rest areas.

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Old 02-28-2016, 05:22 PM   #64
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You'd be nuts to use some pullouts. It would take an hour for traffic to ease enough to get back on the highway.
A bit surprising that the gravel truck driver you encountered actually pulled out into the "Pullout" area but had no intention of stopping - why bother! Would have been safer for him to stay on the road and ignore the posted law. He was sort of obeying the law!

I bet the lawyers would have a real good time arguing in court had there been an accident?? Your estate would have appreciated the insurance payment Glen!!
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Old 02-28-2016, 05:31 PM   #65
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He was right all right as he sped along but he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong. Burma Shave
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Old 02-28-2016, 05:49 PM   #66
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Heading home through Idaho and Washington I found myself on a long, winding climb on a secondary highway, and found myself behind a tandem gravel truck.
He obeyed the signs to use the pullouts, but the pullouts were, at most, a couple hundred feet long. He didn't stop because he would be a traffic hazard trying to pull back into traffic.
I made two attempts to overtake him ( towing the trailer ). The second time I almost got alongside and he pulled into my lane. Don't blame him cause he really had nowhere else to go.
Some highway engineer may have thought these pullouts were a good idea, and so did the law makers, but, in practice they were a hazard.
So, I sat behind that gravel truck for a half hour or more, climbing the hills at 10 mph at times.
Just read you were in the United States not Canada . I would of just stayed behind too or maybe if I could of pulled off safely , pulled off , sit and let him get ahead . For me I don't care if they say to pull off and it isn't safe for me , I am not doing it . Pat
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He was right all right as he sped along but he's just as dead as if he'd been wrong. Burma Shave
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Now, Dave you started something. I remember those signs as my parents moved us from Portsmouth, VA to Juneau in 1958 via auto as far as Seattle. B4 Eisenhower built the Interstate System. Very different times. 400 miles was a good day.

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Old 02-28-2016, 06:00 PM   #68
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At least a couple of western states have short pull outs & signs that state you are "required by law" to use them if there are more than 5 vehicles behind you, usually on windy 2 lane roads without passing lanes. I believe Washington is one of them. I tend to use them as necessary since my usual driving speed is 57 - 58MPH, secondary roads (or interstates).

As to why people speed up in the passing lanes - I think there are two reasons 1. they figure on the next hill you are going to slow them down, and 2. It is a wider section of road so you can go faster...

Then again, there is Texas, where they expect you to pull onto the shoulder to get out of the way even if you are doing the speed limit and are in a passing zone. I couldn't understand why I got the finger salute (in a passing zone) until a Texan explained the concept to me...
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:28 PM   #69
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On relaxed days I will stay at or slightly above the posted limit. On long drives or days when we need to pile up the kilometres, I will average 10-15 kph over the posted limit. I have no problems passing slower moving traffic when it is safe to do so.
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In CA, it is required to use the pullouts if there are more than 3 vehicles behind you. The pullouts are marked as such and are paved so there is little risk using them. When I'm towing, I always pull out if I have a backup behind me.

To the main topic, I tow at around 60 MPH when towing. In CA, that is usually about how fast most trucks are also going. The 55 MPH when towing speed limit in CA applies to both trailer towing and trucks, and we all usually settle around 60 MPH. There are, of course, exceptions. In other states, I usually stick to around 60 MPH.

I had a trailer tire blowout when I traveled around 65 MPH in hot weather. It may not have been the cause, but I feel better not pushing it too hard.
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