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Merging onto the Freeway

Real Estate Agent with Sundance Realty


Okay, so this may or may not bother you but, it really gets to me….
I see it and experience it daily at the freeway entrance. I live here in Oregon and many drivers treat the yield sign as a merge. What exactly does this mean, you may ask? Lets just take the Market St onramp for example, Those waiting at the traffic signal finally achieve a green light then the race is on, those coming the opposite direction begin entering the same onramp (they have NO GREEN Light) now begins the dance of death! They actually see all the cars gaining speed as they accelerate toward I-5, then at just the moment your momentum is building they dash out straight toward you with their vehicles from a YEILD sign, NOT a MERGE sign….


So this is my problem, has everyone forgotten how to drive? Do they honestly not know the difference between a yield and a merge? Or do they not have any consideration for anyone including themselves… Its like Mad Max, the destruction derby and road rage all wrapped into one. The negligent drivers look straight ahead and pretend your not there and don’t even acknowledge the error of their ways.

I would love to see drivers taking their driving seriously…

·         Obeying Traffic Signals

·         Not texting, while driving or doing the crossword puzzle

·         Displaying common courtesy

·         Watching the road instead of their passenger

Remember if you’re not driving the car, No one is driving the car!!!!!!


Constantine Isslamow
RE/MAX Eastern Realty Inc. Brokerage - Peterborough, ON
"Training and Accountability"

Great post Shannon.  Thanks for sharing it with us.

Wishing you continued success.

Jun 03, 2010 02:20 PM
Melissa Anderson
Be My Neighbor Mortgage - San Antonio, TX
Your Texas Lender

The Yield sign in TX pretty much means STOP and let any car through first or you will crash/burn.


Jun 03, 2010 02:25 PM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Yikes!  That sounds pretty scary.  Another issue is when timid drivers pull up to the on ramp in places where they ARE supposed to merge and they stop to wait for an opening, then when they pull onto the freeway, they are going 15 mph.  Anyone driving on the freeway in the right lane has to swerve to avoid hitting them.

We need to get the mergers to drive on the merging on ramps and the yielders to drive on the ramps with the yield sign.  Then we'd both be happy.

Jun 03, 2010 02:29 PM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

My biggest pet peeve is drivers who merge onto the freeway at 40 MPH. Rrrrrrr. Did they not learn in Driver's Ed that you enter the freeway at the speed of the traffic?

Jun 03, 2010 02:51 PM
Shannon Pope
Sundance Realty - Salem, OR

When my husband came home from Driving a BIG RIG today, this exact discussion was his topic of choice....

People not yielding how funny is that????

Jun 03, 2010 08:51 PM