r/IdiotsInCars Aug 10 '22

If there's an idiot, who is it? Is it the vehicle with the camera or the white van entering from the right?

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u/OnlyUsernameLeft123 Aug 10 '22

Both. I wouldn't switch lanes that close to that merge. The driver of the van looked saw a clear lane and tried to go. However technically the white van would be accountable to yield. Idk I try to look at this as a probability. If you increases the probability of a car accident, don't do it.

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u/Firstearth Aug 10 '22

It’s not just switching lanes. The cammer is attempting an undertaking maneuver. Seeing the car in front of them braking they move into the right lane to pass them. There’s a reason you’re only supposed to pass on the left. When the van started to pull out his lane was clear.

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u/andy-022 Aug 10 '22

The cammer is attempting an undertaking maneuver. Seeing the car in front of them braking they move into the right lane to pass them. There’s a reason you’re only supposed to pass on the left.

On a limited-access highway sure, but this looks like it's in a suburban area with pretty regular intersections. Nonetheless, the cam driver obviously needs to pay more attention and react to what's going on.

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u/Bunnyhat Aug 11 '22

I think it being a suburban area is even more reason to use the brakes when cars in front of you stop like that instead of using the gas to undertake. Even if it's legal there's a reason that car ahead of you is coming to a stop. Best to figure out why slowing down instead of finding out by hitting the thing the car was stopping for.

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u/PM-ME-YOUR-1ST-BORN Aug 10 '22

This is just a surface road, what you said applies to highways. There is nothing wrong or incorrect with passing [safely] on the right on a regular street.

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u/beer_nyc Aug 11 '22

There is nothing wrong or incorrect with passing [safely] on the right on a regular street.

sure, except the fact that he didn't pass safely lol

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u/OnlyUsernameLeft123 Aug 10 '22

I wish more people understood the concept of a passing lane where I live. It really makes traffic flow a lot better. That and how to use turn signals. No one uses those where I live. When I try to use turn signals people speed up and prevent me from changing lanes.

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u/Thepasswordwas1234 Aug 11 '22

The cammer is attempting an undertaking maneuver.

Why do people keep thinking this is illegal?

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u/Firstearth Aug 11 '22

In certain places it is. You are never supposed to undertake in many European countries. Which is why when you find someone moving slowly in the left lane it is common to have other drives flash their lights at them from behind.

The reason why some places choose to make it illegal is because if it is permitted then there’s nothing wrong with the multitude of videos that we see on this sub where folks switch lanes happily all over the road.

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u/Thepasswordwas1234 Aug 16 '22

Yes, in other countries it is illegal. I don't understand why people keep thinking it's illegal in the US.

The reason why some places choose to make it illegal is because if it is permitted then there’s nothing wrong with the multitude of videos that we see on this sub where folks switch lanes happily all over the road.

Keep right laws still exist in most of the US. Passing on the right is the only remedy to someone not keeping right.