Right-lane loafer

A sniveling letter to the editor of the Oklahoman:

Oklahoma City drivers need a refresher on what “yield” means. Every day, I experience drivers entering Interstate 44 and failing to yield to oncoming traffic. These drivers approach traffic almost at highway speeds while on the on-ramp and force themselves into highway traffic, causing drivers to brake suddenly or even stop, just to let a noncompliant driver in. One of the worst on-ramps is I-44 southbound at NW 10.

Inasmuch as an inordinate number of on-ramps in this town provide no way to see what’s approaching in the slow lane, the solution to this is simple: approach traffic at higher than highway speeds. (For those who might be wondering: this is what the top half of the tach is for.) If I’m going faster than you, obviously I’m not in your way, unless you’re that one cretin in a thousand who takes offense and tailgates for the next five miles, in which case dying in a fire might be the kindest fate I wish for you.





1 comment

  1. Charles Pergiel »

    8 February 2015 · 3:54 pm

    I agree with your response. The original complaint confuses me, to wit:
    Huh? ‘Almost highway speeds’ forces you to brake? Slow down a tad maybe to yet speedy in. You can see what’s going on, not like the poor slob trying to get on the highway. You should not have to ‘brake suddenly’.

    On the other hand, many drivers wander onto the highway at pedestrian velocities. Civility prevents me from saying anything more about them.

    Our on ramps no longer have YIELD signs. Not they say MERGE. Bah, double bah, and humbug.

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