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Old 02-06-2013, 08:14 AM   #1
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Exclamation peeve: exiting 59 into SL...

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This same scenario has repeated now several times: exiting south bound off 59 onto Sweetwater heading towards First Colony. What happens are pods of cars/trucks on the southbound frontage road drving 60 mph or so, in a tight group, not letting vehicles exit. Last Sunday morning this happened, again, and I was in my BMW cage. It was a very close call and of course one of the idiots got all pissy with me and was screaming and flailing his arm at me. Two cars completely blocked me, and I had zero options.

If I had been on my bike, it would have been deadly. And, several times in the past 2 years, at the same spot, the same situation.

So, be careful exiting my friends. Some Houston drivers will not let you do it safely. They will not slow, or make a gap: they just want to run you into the median. I just don't get this behavior.

Ok, vent over.

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Old 02-06-2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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dunno, i exit there all the time on my bike. no biggie, exit faster then the flow and you command what happens. vs going the same speed then you're at a disadvantge.

seen you on headed N on 99 the other day.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:58 AM   #3
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Racer,

I hear you...sometimes the timing and agressiveness of other drivers creates the perfect killing zone. Yeah, saw you too. I was taking the V7R into MPH to get a rear rack installed (not as easy as you would think). Adding practicality to the small block = longer rides to the targeted hill country with curves and etc.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:59 AM   #4
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I work from home everyday and always feel like going in to the office. But after hearing these stories(and my wife always complains about the drivers in Houston), I feel like I am lucky to work from home.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:02 AM   #5
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Houston driving can really suck...and riding requires real skill and situational awareness. Spring is just around the corner and lots of riders will dust off their bikes and venture out, and the RIP threads will get very busy once again. One of these days I have to get out of this place...
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:09 AM   #6
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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dunno, i exit there all the time on my bike. no biggie, exit faster then the flow and you command what happens. vs going the same speed then you're at a disadvantge.

seen you on headed N on 99 the other day.
THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE FOR HIMAS HE DOES NOT CONDONE SPEEDING ON A MOTORCYCLE.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:08 PM   #8
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Well thats the thing that houston drivers dont understand is that on any road, the "subordinate" road has to yield to the
"higher" road. Im not wording it in the most suave of legal terms but, Always drivers on service roads yield to their neighbors driving/exiting on the freeway.
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peeve: exiting 59 into SL...

I live in SL and use that exit many times a week and never had a problem with it....eh!*shrugs*
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I used to take Williams Trace on the way home, but anything to do with Hwy6 is just maddening. I've started taking that Sweetwater exit, then route thru Palm Royale Blvd instead.

You do have to do like RacerX said, run in at a pretty good clip and get ahead of the traffic on the frontage road. Not so much about driving aggressively. More like not counting on other drivers' courtesy.
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peeve: exiting 59 into SL...

I've grown up in Sugar Land from small childhood, in First Colony none the less.. So I've lost count how many times I've been frustrated by the driving done around there!! Hwy 6 started as a two lane farm road, and has grown to the F**KING MADHOUSE that it is now!!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:52 PM   #13
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I've never thought of them as pods, always clumps
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take a beater next time...if they don't make room, make it yourself. I may be wrong, but exiting traffic has RoW unless marked otherwise.
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I have a special technique for always gaining access to a lane.

Also, if you have to touch your brakes while driving, you are either travelling too fast or too close.
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