Aug 9, 2011
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I must work on my road rage. Whenever someone is in the fast lane in front of me I like to pass them, and then pull right in front of them, missing their bumper by inches. They usually get the message.
If they don’t, I will then slow down to a mile or two slower than they are going, and continue slowing down until they move to the right lane. I once had a car down to 38 MPH in a 65 zone before they finally moved over. I then speed up and go on my merry way.
I am not a man with any other anger issues. I can put up with all sorts of other things that make better people than me lose their patience. For some reason this just bugs me. The one shallow piece of me. Sigh.
Shallow and very very dangerous, Jeff. Get over yourself.
Dang, Stella, you don’t play around. That was harsh. Too harsh.
Yikes, Cameron, that was pretty direct. Too direct.
I must say, going down to 38 mph just to make a point does seem rather petty. Well, you admit it yourself, I guess!
Two wrongs don’t make it rite.
On the other hand, when I’m going five over the speed limit in the far right lane, pass me and go your merry flipping way.
I have an issue with people who STAY in the left lane, no matter what speed they’re going. If you’re in the LEFT lane, you should be passing a car or avoiding something in or on the RIGHT side of the road (i.e. an accident, road debris, someone changing a flat, some ass getting pulled over, etc.). This basic concept is learned in drivers’ ed, which seems like more and more people don’t pay attention to anymore. Idiots.
This is actually not a federal law, believe it or not, and each state sets its own guidelines about the left lane. In Georgia, you’re completely within your rights to travel in the far left lane at the minimum posted speed limit if necessary (except around the perimeter, in which there are giant signs posted reading “Slower Traffic Stay Right”…slower than what!? The douche bag going 105mph at 5:30pm!?) I suspect with all the people moving from state to state, this might be the source of some of the confusion.
While I agree that people should move over if they’re just ambling by in that lane, if there is a LINE of people in the second-to-the-left lane, then NOBODY is moving over, and tailing the person in front of you isn’t a good idea. The sea of traffic isn’t going to part just because some asshole in a Jaguar shows up and decides he needs to get home quickly. Oh and refusing to allow someone to merge onto the highway before they run out of lane is ILLEGAL and dangerous. The 30 seconds you MIGHT save by acting like a big aggressive butt is NEVER worth damage to someone’s property, or worse! And it happens every single day. End rant.
Actually, the merging party has the responsibility to come up to highway speed and safely merge into traffic or to YIELD to the oncoming traffic. That’s why there are yield signs on the on-ramps. I’m not going to cut someone off in the lane next to me just so some grandpa who won’t step on it or slow it down can move over. This is especially true of large trucks. I drove for years and had people get made because I could not always move over – usually due to other vehicles that the merging car could not see. Is moving over for merging traffic the best option? Sure. It shows courtesy and can usually be the safest option; however it is not incumbent on those already on the freeway to do anything and everything to let these people on, regardless of their speed.
Well, that is a nice theory, but if you happen to live in LA or Orange county, good luck fitting all the cars out there in the right lane in any street… we HAVE to use the left lane, or we would not get anywhere….
But why some people do not get that they CANNOT go slower than speed limit in that left lane is beyond me….
Aw, Ben didn’t like my strongly worded comment.
Oh and putting a “Baby On Board” tag on your car is akin to putting a bull’s eye on it.
Though not a law it just makes sense for open road driving and obviously does not apply to a congested or busy urban highway where nobody should expect to be able to cruise along in an empty lane. Drive on the right, pass on the left…simple, why dispute it?
How about just implementing what they do in Italy (maybe other countries?), if I come up behind you in the passing lane I flash my lights and you politely get over.
Granted…if I do that in some places here I might get shot. :-)
To use one of my husband’s favorite phrases, “it’s situational.” I’ve lived in four states and lived in big cities and middle-of-nowhere towns, and it really all depends on what makes sense in the setting.
In a big city, I tend to stay away from the far left lane, but if there’s a split in the highway or a left exit I need to take coming up, you bet your butt I’m getting in that lane a little ahead of time, and the 105 mph folks can just be patient with my 5-7 over the speed limit-ness for a few minutes.
On a regular highway going from one town to another or going a long distance in a town with no big direction changes, I totally agree with the above – if it’s not crowded, there’s no need to get in that far left lane unless you’re passing, and even then, it’s a common sense thing – don’t do a speed burst to pass a semi that’s about to go down a hill – duh.
An example of the “when in Rome…” mentality – in rural Texas, it’s a given that if you’re driving on a 2-lane road and somebody behind you is coming up going faster than you, you ease to the right shoulder a bit to give them room to safely pass. Then everybody waves and the world continues on its course.
So, you’re saying I must drive 15 miles under the speed limit behind all the cars in the right-hand lane, just so idiots going 90 don’t have to slow down? Or else, I must move around the slow every 15 seconds? This theory doesn’t even work on many country highways. If there are more than 5 cars per 1/4 mile of highway, you’d be changing lanes constantly.
Oh, and if I’m going 10 miles over a 70 mile speed limit, I’m not moving. And if you tailgate me, I will slow down. Period.
here in europe (belgium) the common law is, if you are not passing anyone there is no need for you to be in the far left…get over. lights flash every once in a while but honestly no harm is meant by anyone who flashes they just are trying to alert they want to go faster.
Live up here in new england… There are no rules apparently!
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