soft shoulder

the unpaved edge of a road. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
soft shoulder or soft verge
a soft edge along the side of a road that is unsuitable for vehicles to drive on
soft verge or soft verge

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Example sentences
Pulling off onto the soft shoulder, he felt a certain resistance from the
Plowing during an early or late snow fall with a fully loaded truck can cause
  damage to the soft shoulder.
While driving along a dangerous abrupt edge or soft shoulder, maintain full
  attention on the road.
Dropping off onto a soft shoulder may cause the outside wheels to sink and trip
  the whole unit on its side.
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