Yielding Inappropriately – Do’s and Don’t of Merging.

We’ve all seen the red and white triangle “Yield” signs. What does it mean?

So this is just gonna be a little rant about Yielding in traffic. Today I saw something that frustrated me. Someone who didn’t know how to use a yield. The Yield sign is not something that means the other person gets to go first just because. Yield in my mind means in the event that you cannot navigate the roadway without impeding those who have the right away, you need to accelerate, slow, or stop and let the other person(s) proceed through until you can enter safely.

yield sign
A. Yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that has entered the intersection or that is approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard; and Having yielded, an operator may proceed. All other operators approaching the intersection shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle so proceeding. – http://legislature.maine.gov/statutes/29-A/title29-Asec2057.html

So I’m sitting at a light waiting to turn left with my signal on, the light turns green, and just as I start to move someone coming from the other direction wanting to take a right enters the ‘yield ramp’ to turn. They proceeded to come to a complete stop even though they had plenty of time to proceed through before I even came close to being in the yield zone, causing the person behind them to slam on their brakes to avoid an accident. They had PLENTY of time until they would have impeded my travel onto the road. Yield does not mean stop and let the other person go. It means take caution, time your yield correctly, don’t proceed until you can.

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If you can go, go! Don’t think your being polite by stopping and letting someone else go before you just cause you have the yield sign. The person behind you is also looking around studying the intersection to execute their own yield. If you slam on your brakes when they’re not looking it can cause an accident. It really pisses me off when people do this and I’m behind them. I’m not saying too just bust out in front of cars either. If you get in an accident where you didn’t have the right of way it makes it hard to prove your not at fault even if it was blatantly the other persons fault.

A really good bad example of people who don’t know how to yield are those people who like to drive down to the end of the highway entrance ramp and then stop. DO NOT DO THIS! You should be up to speed before you even get to the highway entrance. You should be checking traffic and timing your entrance onto the highway long before the end of the ramp. If there is a lot of traffic and you see an opening ACCELERATE to make your gap/entrance into traffic flow. You’re 8 Times more likely to cause an accident by driving 10mph under the speed limit than you are driving 10mph over.

A long time ago I was driving with my permit instructor. This was before they changed the old Yarmouth South entrance ramp. As I was going down this long ramp I noticed that there was a semi truck in the slow lane and it was looking like I was gonna crash into him if I kept up on my course. As I started to lift on the accelerator to touch the brake the instructor screamed at me “NOOO!!” and he pushed down on my knee slamming my foot into the accelerator. Vroom the car comes to life and now it definitely looked like I was going to run into the 18 wheeler. As the ramp started to end, the instructor gripped the wheel and steered me over into the brake down lane until I had accelerated enough to get ahead of the truck and then told me to merge over.

He yelled at me for wanting to slow down and he said that’s basically trying to cause an accident. What I learned from my instructor that day was invaluable. He did say “They don’t recommend using the break down lane as an extension. But its better than stopping if you can see that the break down lane is open and clear of vehicles. You don’t want to hit a parked car or something else that may be in the way by driving down the break down lane. You also don’t want the person behind you smashing into you and sending you out into traffic if you try to make a last effort stop.” You can avoid both of these situations by planning your entrance into traffic as soon as you have traffic in sight. When you see an opening go for it!

If you have to stop or slow down at the end of a long highway entrance ramp you have failed. When you stop the people behind you might not see you and smash into you sending you out into an even worse accident. This is because they are distracted by looking and gauging where they can make their entrance into the traffic flow too. This is actually a pretty common occurrence with on ramps and yielding. What I learned from my permit instructor still sticks with me today. If you’re to afraid to make the yield at speed, or to speed up to make it, you need to let someone else do the driving.

One last thing, if your already on the highway, and you can see cars trying to enter, move over and speed up! If you can’t move over just speed up! Don’t hit your brakes it messes everything up for everyone. You’re in traffic to move, so keep moving. Brake only when necessary to avoid accidents, as unnecessary braking causes accidents.

Rust assured, you can save your vehicle.

Vehicles are one of the top 5 largest expenses for the average adult. Why let your investment rust away?

If you’re here to find a vehicle, fix a vehicle, sell a vehicle, or junk a vehicle, I think we can all agree they cost money.
salt covered harley truck and impala
Three top reasons vehicles are junked in Maine?

  1. Failed Inspection
  2. Mechanical Damage
  3. Accident Damage

Top Reason Vehicles Fail Inspection?

  1. Rust


rotted out rocker panels
Rust can eat through rockers and frames in less than 10 years when not kept at bay.
rotted off tank straps replaced with chain
This person has improvised some unsafe tank straps under his “jip”.

 

rotted strut tower
This vehicle was rotted so bad the strut tower would move and the vehicle would “wonder” at highway speeds.

We all know that Vehicles in Maine rust out.  If you want to keep a vehicle in Maine truly rust free, don’t drive it in the winter. Park it before they first salt the roads. Don’t bring it out until we’ve had a few good spring rains to wash off the roads. If you do have to drive it in the winter It helps to implement some preventative measures.  At-least twice a year give your vehicle a thorough cleaning and coating. This will guarantee that it lasts much longer and you can stop any rust problems from popping up.  When I say thorough I mean lift the vehicle in the air, remove any plastic covers and any vent holes, blast all the built up salt and sand out, remove any surface rust, wash, and coat with paint or a protective film. Doing this and giving your car regular car washes will keep it happy and rust free for many years.

undercoated by downeast undercoating
This vehicle was coated professionally by Down East Undercoating.

What to protect the underside of your vehicle with?

Some of the better known ways to protect the underside of your vehicle include covering it with used motor oil (messy!), painting it with a rubberized under coat or black Rustoleum, or a protective film like Fluid Film, or Amsoil Heavy Duty Metal Protector.

stop rust products
Anything is better than nothing.

I’ve had good luck with the Amsoil Heavy Duty Metal Protector, you can find it online or your local NAPA carries it. Give your vehicle a good cleaning and then a good few coats of the Amsoil and it is good to go. The Amsoil seems to hold up well through the car washes too!

WASH YOUR VEHICLE!

This one I can’t stress enough, if you don’t wash the salt off it will eat away at your vehicle. See the picture of the beautiful truck above? See all that white stuff? Its SALT! Giving your vehicle regular washes is a great way to keep it from turning to dust. I would recommend a wash place like ScrubaDub that offers a membership program with unlimited washes for only $25.00/month! Most noteworthy my favorite part about ScrubaDub is they have Free Vacuums at their Forest Ave Portland Location!

scrubadub unlimited washes
Unlimited washes for what you would normally pay for just two!

Get your vehicle professionally rust proofed!

Ok, not everyone is going to want to get down and dirty on rust proofing their vehicle. Luckily for those who want to stay clean, their are several shops and professionals out their willing to do the job. Typical basic rust proofing services cost around $150-$300 for most vehicles. Sometimes trucks can cost more depending on the size. Its a good idea to get it done every other year to ensure no problems arise. Best if done annually.

If you can try and use a company that guarantees their protection. Chris at Downeast Undercoating prefers to use a bedliner product as he says its much tougher than the rubberized undercoat most places use. He guarantees his protection will hold up through the winter or your next coating is half off. Finding a shop that does good prep work and uses products with good adhesion will get you the best overall protection for your dollar.

Save your vehicle, and save money by rust proofing.

In conclusion its important to be conscious about rust prevention. Spending a couple hundred dollars a year for 10 years, can potentially keep your vehicle on the road for an extra five. Like my grandpa always said, “If its a vehicles not rusted out, you can fix anything else that’s wrong with it and drive it forever”. Brake lines, Fuel lines, Rocker Panels, Control Arms, Sub Frames, these are all expensive repairs. I’ve got a truck from California with mint factory brake lines that are 27 years old. You’ll save in the long run by preventing rust while keeping your vehicle safer.

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Maine ScrubaDub Locations:

Portland Car Wash Address:
1180 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04103

Phone:

(207) 797-2828

Hours of Operation – Car Wash: (*Weather Permitting)
Mon – Sat – 7:30am – 8:00pm
Sun – 8:00am – 6:00pm

South Portland, ME Car Wash Address:

425 Gorham, Rd (at the Maine Mall)
South Portland, ME 04106

Phone:

(207) 772-1838

Hours of Operation – Car Wash: (*Weather Permitting)
Mon – Sat – 7:30am – 8:00pm
Sun – 8:00am – 6:00pm
Biddeford Car Wash Address:

102 Elm St
Biddeford, ME 04005

Phone:

(207) 284-4431

Hours of Operation: (*Weather Permitting)
Mon – Sat – 7:30am – 8:00pm
Sun – 8:00am – 6:00pm