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"Country Left" in your part of the world

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by MrKandiyohi, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. MrKandiyohi

    MrKandiyohi Millennium Member

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    Do you know what a Country Left is and do your or others around you practice it in your section of the world?

    A Country Left involves a 2 lane road, at least 2 cars traveling in the same direction and no vehicles coming the other way(or on the perpendicular road). Typically if the driver in the lead vehicle wants to make a left hand turn, he turns on the blinker, slows down (causing the other car(s) to slow down), and takes the left turn. In a Country Left, the lead vehicle turns on the blinker, verifies there is no oncoming traffic, pulls into the left lane, slows down (allowing the other car(s) to drive past at normal speed in the right lane), and takes the left turn.

    A Country Left does require good vision of the road and any traffic, so it isn't recommended for hilly areas or busy roads.

    Do any of you do this or do you think this is dangerous and should only be left to professional drivers or NASCAR fans?
     
  2. eruby

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    I do this any time it's safe to do so.

    I also slow down on the shoulder if a driver obviously wants to pass and the line is not broken.

    Seems courteous to me.
     

  3. Adjuster

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    Never seen it in west virginia or florida.
     
  4. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    Have seen and done it quite a bit in my neck of the woods. Generally on highways moving over to turn with a Semi behind you.
     
  5. fusegsp

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    I do this all the time. I live in a rural area that is flat and has good visibility.
     
  6. skinny99

    skinny99 Crew Chief

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    I do it all the time. It is just common sense.
     
  7. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    I've seen it in GA, never done it.
     
  8. F14Scott

    F14Scott Luggage CLM

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    I do it all the time. Formerly in Hellinois, now in Texas.
     
  9. MrKandiyohi

    MrKandiyohi Millennium Member

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    Shoulder driving isn't recommended around here. Putting the left wheels onto the shoulder put the right wheels into the ditch. It doesn't make for stable or safe driving.
     
  10. eruby

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    I should have been more clear that ther shoulder was paved and it was as though there were another lane to my right.
     
  11. MrKandiyohi

    MrKandiyohi Millennium Member

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    Yes, I understood the shoulder in MD was paved. I just wanted to let you guys know it's not that way everywhere else. Sometimes the paved shoulder continues only about a foot past the outside lane marker and the ditch can drop off quite quickly.
     
  12. gigab1te

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    I've honestly never seen that here in rural AZ. It is common for drivers to slow down slightly and pull onto the shoulder to pass a vehicle making a left hand turn.
     
  13. HollowHead

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    Very common here in MT...do it all the time myself. HH
     
  14. dewidmt

    dewidmt Gunaholic

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    We do it here in Southern Indiana.....
     
  15. MSDGlock

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    We do in Oklahoma
     
  16. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    I do it for right hand turns. I don't put on the blinker, move left, brake, then make a quick right. I've gotten insurance companies for about 493,000 so far. (No passing on right.)

    I also do it with oncoming traffic. It requires you to jig FAR left into the OPPOSING shoulder, but sometimes it works out fine. Worst is when there's a red light against you. That makes in tricky.





    You people live in areas with WAAAY too few cars. And very straight roads. LOL
     
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    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    Can't... roads too curvy.
     
  18. XshooterX

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    I always thought that was just a Texas thing. Good to know some other folks have some sense too.


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  19. 8-Ball

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    Yep, do it all the time. It's normal around here.
     
  20. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    I seen it growing up in Alabama and Georgia.
    Not so much these days.