A frustrating thing about driving on highways, besides "stop and go",
is not being able to know what's happening up ahead until it's too
late. Where I drive there are alternative routes, but knowing when to
take them is "guess and by gosh".
Another headache is not being able to see the highway just before you
get on a ramp to that highway.
Highway technology for getting that information to the driver is still
"CB" dependant. Not impressed with traffic management systems that
work only for the News media.
Let's not introduce more distractions into vehicles. Listen to local
find a route that parallel or above the highway, before getting on.
Commonsense is uncommon. I, too, have driven up a ramp, only to
find the highway at a standstill.
Yes, that's the thing. Highways are supposed to be faster than
crawling along city streets where there are too many traffic lights
which are not in sync together. Time is money during the day. I think
the highway planners only look at building roads from a birds eye view
and don't consider the "looking up the road" aspect of driving.
Obviously it's too late now that all the highways are built. But
considering the availability of cheap radar detectors and solar
digital signs, they could give some companies the job of installing
current speed signs along the road and on the ramps to warn drivers.
If I saw a ten mile speed warning before a ramp, I, and I'm sure many
other drivers would consider an alternate route. Rather than adding to
the congestion on the highway. There's nothing worse than trying to
get to your next appointment and not knowing the highway is "dead"
until you're at "the point of no return" on an on ramp.
I've seen some idiots backing up ramps because of this.
On Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:49:47 -0400, Erness Wild cast forth these pearls of
Though you think I work for DOT, I don't. However, I do know that they
most certainly do design highways with the road-level view as a
Or, they could rely on the driver's responsibility to be aware of his own
speed. Not too much to ask, I should think...
Actually, GPS services now offer something very much like this. The
subscription cost is less than what you would probably pay in taxes to
support a state or federal program to do the same. Radio stations offer
this service for free. Most highways post the AM radio station for highway
conditions in commonly congested areas. Bottom line - there is plenty in
place already, that does exactly this.
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