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Old 08.06.2011, 14:10
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Re: Merging onto a motorway

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Since I'll be driving a large van this week, I wonder if I should even bother looking or just signal and drive on and hope everybody gets out of my way?
I'm sure they'll keep their distance.

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Old 08.06.2011, 14:11
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On the flip-side, I've found that if traffic is flowing freely, most cars will switch lanes so they don't have to slow down i.e. its expected that you will just pull out.
I always make space if I can and expect a car to accelerate and try to get into traffic. I have no problem with cars that instead break and wait for a bigger gap.

What really makes me mad and what was quite dangerous a couple of times over the last weeks were cars that do some half-baked thing in between. Either slam your foot on the gas and get going or wait. Don't accelerate to some 70-80, move out in the last second and cause a jam or worse.
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Re: Merging onto a motorway

Use the accelerator slip to adjust the speed to the oncoming tragic ,

glance gap while you are accelerate , indicate to the left ( normally you indicate right but will not help ) , you find yourself in the motorway
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Old 08.06.2011, 14:27
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Re: Merging onto a motorway

I'll be driving a sprinter so will not be able to accelerate or slow down very quickly.

I advise everybody between Zurich and Schaffhausen to remain off the roads this Friday.
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Old 08.06.2011, 14:30
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I'll be driving a sprinter so will not be able to accelerate or slow down very quickly.

I advise everybody between Zurich and Schaffhausen to remain off the roads this Friday.
Nah Sprinters can be fun Nothing like white van man for a day

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Old 08.06.2011, 14:32
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I'll be driving a sprinter so will not be able to accelerate or slow down very quickly.

I advise everybody between Zurich and Schaffhausen to remain off the roads this Friday.
I guess you never drove a Sprinter before (not just some white van, but the actual Sprinter)? They accelerate absolutely fine, not worse than a small hatch.

Breaking, when loaded, is however another matter...
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Old 08.06.2011, 14:37
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Re: Merging onto a motorway

This is the way to do it in a van:

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...Don't accelerate to some 70-80, move out in the last second and cause a jam or worse.
Despite everything written before, this is actually the Swiss (or at least Eastern Swiss) way of doing it.
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Old 08.06.2011, 14:51
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Re: Merging onto a motorway

Most Sprinters from the mid 90s onwards have been pretty lusty pieces of kit - mine has a 2.9TD engine putting out 129PS.

But it needs to be - it has a max kerbweight of 4500kg
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Old 08.06.2011, 14:57
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Despite everything written before, this is actually the Swiss (or at least Eastern Swiss) way of doing it.
They teach you that in Ticino as well.

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Re: Merging onto a motorway

According to what i read ,i strongly ask the OP to tell me which Autobahn

he will merge into ,so i can use an alternative way, please PM if you want


see some cars in this Autobahn
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Old 08.06.2011, 15:33
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This is the way to do it in a van:


or this one.....in a stock van
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I have however experienced this a couple of times, when I was already on the motorway and I slowed down slightly to let a car in in front of me. Both times there was plenty of space and the incoming car by now was even going slightly faster than me but they chickened out and almost did an emergency stop at the end of the slip road. Really not sure what I else I could have done for them other than jumping out the cab and merging their car for them.
wonder if it was me??? I was used to German autobahns - long slip roads, drivers always moved to the other lane if free - it was a breeze! Here I'm never sure whether the driver has seen me and whether to take the risk of moving out - at the end of the day if there's an accident I'm likely at fault. Having had a near miss one time I prefer to wait for a gap before moving out. So, I would prefer the drivers on the motorway to speed up so there's place for me to enter rather than slow down and politely give me space.
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or this one.....in a stock van
Thanks, yet grrr as that was my next post but was away oh well snooze loose and all that! lol
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Re: Merging onto a motorway

THis is always funny tho:
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Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he'll never be able to merge his car onto a freeway.
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I can't find a reference at the moment but my understanding is when merging..., the (other) person... is under NO obligation to move over or otherwise help you out.
I think it's the same when walking as a pedestrian.
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Re: Merging onto a motorway

somebody said you shouldnt stop at the entrance of the highway no matter what....is this really true? is it better to force your way into the traffic and risk an imminent and possibly serious accident because you think somebody can rear-end you while waiting there?
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somebody said you shouldnt stop at the entrance of the highway no matter what....is this really true? is it better to force your way into the traffic and risk an imminent and possibly serious accident because you think somebody can rear-end you while waiting there?
I wrote "Do not stop on the slip road, that is the worst choice!" You should continue driving on the emergency lane, until you find a space. The thinking is that if you stop you risk being rammed behind by the next car entering the autobahn. Once stopped you also now have to accelerate up to speed with no slip road left, so you either enter the next lane too slowly or you drive up the emergency lane. If you took the trouble to read about the Swiss rules of the road you would already know that wouldn't you?
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Old 10.06.2011, 11:38
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somebody said you shouldnt stop at the entrance of the highway no matter what....is this really true?
No idea whether they said it or not. We weren't there.


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I wrote "Do not stop on the slip road, that is the worst choice!" You should continue driving on the emergency lane, until you find a space. The thinking is that if you stop you risk being rammed behind by the next car entering the autobahn. Once stopped you also now have to accelerate up to speed with no slip road left, so you either enter the next lane too slowly or you drive up the emergency lane. If you took the trouble to read about the Swiss rules of the road you would already know that wouldn't you?
Please could you give a link to an official site that gives this information.

I know the Swiss have their own inappropriate rules for roundabouts compared with the rest of Europe but I can't quite believe they have this one regarding slip roads.
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