What do you guys think about on-ramp etiquette? I'm sure it's the law everywhere that vehicles trying to merge from an on-ramp into the traffic flow are required to yield if they are unable to do so, yet a lot of them seem to think it's the traffic that's supposed to yield to them and they get all torqued off when they can't merge.
I've even seem some not slowing down at all and driving on the shoulder, flipping off the other cars that "wouldn't let them in." At the time, the car that "wouldn't let them in" was driving at a reasonable speed, yet had another car right next to it in the left lane and another car immediately behind it. Moving left or slowing down wasn't an option even if that driver had wanted to do either.
Totally different situation on a 4-lane slab at rush hour: I'm talking about a standard 2-lane Interstate with moderate traffic.
Bottom line is the vehicle on the on-ramp is required to yield, but when I drive, I make it a point to not start passing another vehicle when I see an on-ramp approaching. It is, of course, totally legal for me to go ahead and be engaged in passing another vehicle just as an on-ramp vehicle is attempting to merge, but I try not to do so. I think it's some bug that was put in my head 35 years ago during Driver's Training in high school.
#1, it's unnecessary. I can wait what amounts to a few seconds to clear the interchange before I "have" to pass the other car. #2, I never know if the car I'm passing in the right lane is going to freak out when bullied by an on-ramp car that won't yield and try to pull over into my lane without even seeing me if I'm in its blind spot.
Unless there's another car right in front of me, from the minute I start my "approach" down an on-ramp, I'm looking in my left rear-view and can usually tell about halfway down the ramp if merging looks likely. If it looks good, I try to get up to highway speed. If not, I slow my ass down and wait.
I don't think most people merging from on-ramps even bother looking in their rear-views until they're up to speed and already on the "straightaway" portion of the ramp and those are pretty short here in Missouri. I noticed Wisconsin has really long on-ramps, even for simple, low-traffic interchanges so maybe it's just a Missouri thing. Thus ends my rant. Somebody get me some more coffee!!!