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Old 02-28-2016, 07:34 PM   #71
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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...
Pulling over onto the shoulder, at postsed highway speeds, to allow others to pass was something I first encountered in Alberta in the mid 70's driving from Calgary to Medicine Hat, the Trans Canada HIghway. This was well before my trailer pulling days. Back then, being in my mid 20's, I thought it was such a great idea.

In BC highway shoulders were generally quite narrow, certainly not the width of a vehicle. I never experienced the process in BC. In Alberta, shoulders were at least the width of a vehicle or more.

As I got older and realized that I was indeed not invincible, I began to wonder how I would explain to my insurance adjuster what I was doing driving on the shoulder, 3 or 4 abreast, on a two lane highway at highway speeds and got involved in an MVA?? I don't think I would be in a good legal position. S--t Happens!

From then on I ceased to pull over at highway speed onto the shoulder in Alberta to let the speeders pass. They could flash all the fingers they wanted at me, I was not going to compromise my safety for their need to speed. Granted I did not do a lot of driving in Alberta so I don't think I irked too many drivers!

Now most of the major highways in Alberta are four lane so they have a lane to pull into and make a safer pass. I am much safer and happier driving there now.

I don't profess to be a perfect driver, but I do continue to learn and improve. I have a number of future camping trips that I want to be there for.
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Driving in Mexico in 1972 from Mexico City to Acapulco thorough the mountains gave me an appreciation for insanity . There were no guard rails on the narrow road and thousands of feet drop offs. More than once on the 6 hour drive buses an overfilled and overweight bus passed us on blind curves (we were three friends in a VW). At the end of the trip we were talking to someone in a gas station about that experience and he told us that yes one or two buses a year would go over the edge! No too add to the drama on the last curve of the last hill coming down to the plains that went out to the sea and Acapulco Bay, the rear wheel falls off. My buddy forgot to tighten the lug nuts sufficiently after a flat tire in Mexico City. No I didn't make this up.
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Where are you headed to? I'm just curious.

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This is from DriveSmartBC:

Our highways are not for the exclusive use of motor vehicles. Bicycles, pedestrians, equestrians and others may be expected to use their fair share of the highway as well. In fact, in some ways the shoulder of the road could be considered to be their domain and not always that of the driver. The shoulder of the highway is the area to the right of the solid white line at the right side of the roadway, or the part of the highway to the right of the pavement if that solid white line is not present. The roadway is between the center of the highway and the shoulder.
Drivers must drive on the roadway, not the shoulder. Passing on the right off of the roadway and driving on the shoulder to allow others to pass are common violations of this rule. Many drivers regularly fail to confine the path of their vehicle to the roadway, putting both themselves and those on the shoulder at risk.


I gather that this site is not an official site, just a hobby for some guy.
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Pulling over onto the shoulder, at postsed highway speeds, to allow others to pass was something I first encountered in Alberta in the mid 70's driving from Calgary to Medicine Hat, the Trans Canada HIghway. This was well before my trailer pulling days. Back then, being in my mid 20's, I thought it was such a great idea.
Yes, this was something commonly done around here on roads with wide shoulders, and with a clear view for a long ways ahead, so mostly on the open prairie. It seems to be something that has slipped away in the last 20 years.
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From BC Motor Vehicle Act.
Bet you didn't know this:

Travelling through canyons

196 When travelling through defiles or canyons or on mountain highways, the driver of a motor vehicle must hold the motor vehicle under control and as near the right hand edge of the highway as reasonably possible, and on approaching a curve where the view is obstructed within a distance of 60 m along the highway, must give audible warning with the horn of the motor vehicle.

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Eric,

Where are you headed to? I'm just curious.

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Tom no where specific other than the Tucson area. We're just north of Tucumcari tonight. We'll probably head to Carlsbad Caverns tomorrow as Mary has never been there then on to White Sands

I'm glad to be hopefully out of the high winds I've been fighting the last two days
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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...
Ah yes, the 'Texas pass'. Just so you know Jon, the finger wave is not a part of that.

It's done commonly here because the shoulders are build wide enough to do it. The protocol is usually to move to the shoulder, but not reduce speed. As you're passed, you raise your hand slightly off the wheel to say howdy. If the other driver knows the code, they raise their hand too. Not too fast - nice and lazy...he he.
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If the other driver knows the code, they raise their hand too. Not too fast - nice and lazy...he he.
And, I guess, they don't reach under the seat.
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Jim are Marathon's really rated at 75 mph? I thought all ST tires were 65 mph rated.
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