TALLAHASSEE - Picture this: You´re in the left lane of the interstate, driving a little below the speed limit, when some guy zips up behind you and swerves past you on the right. Then you notice the blue lights flashing. You´re savoring the satisfaction of seeing a trooper actually nab an aggressive driver — until you realize it´s you he´s pulling over. This could happen, if not very often, under a major transportation package expected to be taken up in the Senate Appropriations Committee next week. Introduced by Sen. Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, the bill is a 173-page
Comments: Oh yes! Anyone driving under the speed limit on a limited access highway like an interstate who is passed on the right is driving poorly. And driving well under the speed limit in the bumper (left) lane can be quite dangerous for drivers approaching from behind. Good drivers habitually keep right if they´re not passing.
"Keep right except to pass" enables the flow of traffic to safely move. I think folks who stay in the left lane are either not confident of their driving abilities (don´t like that "traveling lane"), are blindly doing what their GPS tells them to do ("stay left for X miles"), or are control freaks who want to impose their own method of speed limit control.
That law is on the books in Colorado. It doesn´t help much; I can tell you from personal experience. Most of the time, the idiot in the left lane blocking traffic is a woman, talking on a cell phone......I once followed a Mustang convertible, driven by a woman, for 40 miles as she spoke on a cell phone and NEVER MOVED from the left lane. The car had Colorado state representative plates. So much for the law.
When I lived in Minnesota I´d encounter a great many morons who´d act as if they were going to pass and then just sit off my driver´s side door. I wasn´t sure if they were feeling sociable or felt a need to enforce the speed limit by making sure no one could pass. It drove me crazy.
I spent 3 wonderful driving years in Germany where their penchant for following the rules meant that NO ONE cruised in the left lane--you used it to pass and then got back out of the way. Ahhhhh.....
It has been 25 years but I still miss it! Traffic moved so much better and SAFER!
I´m in a little fuel-saver now and spend most of my time in the right lane, but it drives me nuts to see how clogged traffic gets when one righteous idiot refuses to move out of the left lane. THAT´s what is dangerous.
#15, the issue is not speed limits. In many states the law say that the left lane is for passing only. If you are in the left lane and there is no car to your right, you should get over, no matter what speed you are going. The example given above was someone traveling below the speed limit in the left lane. The car which "zipped" around him could have been going the speed limit.
My personal fave is what I call the peel. You are moving along right hand lane at speed, the car behind you wants by, but will not break the speed limit. So, they get in the left lane, get their nose beside you so you can´t pull over left when a slow car in the right lane forces you to slow down and allow the "Peeler" to pass by. I have seen it so often I can easily predict it. Usually out of state plates to. Montana had no speed limit for two years and it was GLORIOUS. Posted the lowest highway fatalities as well those two years.
I beg to differ, #23. My cousin was trying to get her daughter, who has nearly died several times due to juvenile diabetes, from their rural home to the hospital. The police met her en route and escorted her part way, but until then she was on her own. I realize that the vast majority of people who are speeding do not have bonafide emergencies but the point is, you just don´t know.
Out here the speed limit on the rural Interstate is 75 mph. Yet a lot of semis have governors on them which restrict their maximum speed to 65 mph. Invariably one of these operators will attempt to pass another on a slight upgrade and the result is a manuever that takes about five minutes to complete as the difference in their speeds is miniscule. in the meantime traffic backs up for a couple of miles.
"...(D)riving at the speed limit or within a few miles of it...."
Driving below the speed limit in the bumper (left) lane of an interstate highway is boneheaded and rude, not to mention dangerous by forcing other drivers to pass on the right. Such drivers should be ticketed, and if they get all snooty about it, they should lose their licenses. On two lane roads with double yellow lines, it´s terribly frustrating to be stuck behind drivers who can´t or won´t drive the speed limit, especially when they´re doing 35 in a 50 zone, and cars are stacking up behind them. If they´re too infirm to drive the posted speed on clear days when the road is dry, they shouldn´t be driving at all.
Although no one has a legal right to exceed the posted speed limit, most drivers do, if only slightly. I haven´t had a ticket since 1988, and I habitually set the cruise control at 71-73 where the speed limit is 70. Probably three-fourths of the other cars on the road pass me at that speed. Smokey Bear, the local yokels, and the county mounties leave me alone. They´ve got bigger fish to fry. The greatest danger isn´t absolute speed--it´s large speed differentials. I´ve encountered cars proceeding down the interstate at 40 when I was doing 70 while cresting a hill, and had to slam on the brakes to keep from running up their tail pipes. If someone happened along at 90, there´d be a terrible rear end collision.
Since driver´s ed classes in the months before my 16th birthday I have habitually cruised in the right lane unless I´m passing. That´s the safest place to be. It keeps you out of others´ way.
Well, I am one of those left lane drivers, I drive 10 miles over the speed limit and don’t move over, you can go around me if this is not fast enough for you. I also laugh as those you try to pass think that I should now slow down so that they can squeeze back in as the y come up on the slower middle or left lane vehicle. I’m also the person that comes up behind the vehicle doing a slower speed and move to the right to go around them. When I do then the fool doing ninety then cuts between me and the car I’m attempting to pass and them slow and sit in my quarter panel blind spot where I’m unable to return to the left lane. It is just a game and will lead to road rage. I often think that the person speeding and cutting in & out of traffic to be the first in line should have left 15 minutes earlier and enjoyed the ride. In my world we call them fountain darters.
#29, Interesting attitude. Unless your state doesn´t have the ´move to the right for traffic approaching from the rear´, rule then you´re looking to get a ticket, besides not obeying the laws and disrupting the smooth flow of traffic. Do you ´feel´ the rules of the road for your state have an emanation from a penumbra that says, "...unless the driver in the left lane thinks he´s going fast enough."
Similar to people who think there is some penumbra in the second amendment that adds, "...unless it´s concealed or the state doesn´t want you to."
A law should mean what it sez...if they put up signs all along the road that say "Slower Traffic Keep Right" then there should be some penalty, applied often enough to have an effect...or it´s the equivalent of using tax dollars to hang "Visualize Whirled Peas" or "Pay it forward" signs every couple of miles.(There was a guy in Raleigh who had a reverse printed, so the offender could read it in their rear-view, bug deflector on the hood of his truck that Said "Slower traffic keep Right" and it would LIGHT UP when he got on someones rump.)
There´s a reason why they refer to it as a "speed limit". It is a limit on legal speed. It is not an objective to be maintained. If you fall, as I suggested, "a few miles" below the limit, you should not be treated as a fool.
If you move over so some jerk can go ten miles fast than the limit, you are likely to get stuck behind someone going ten miles below it. My advice to speed nuts is: " Think a little harder; plan a little better; leave home a little sooner; stay off my bumper." Thinking may be the challenge.
I am 82; I got here by serving 20 years in the military,flying more than million miles; two wars over enemy territory; 43 countries, six continents. Like John Wayne toilet paper, I don´t take any crap off of anybody.
All of these self-appointed law enforcement officers - do they calibrate their speedometers? If they don´t, they´re strictly enforcing an approximate speed. They´re too *immature* to handle the responsibility of driving and have absolutely no business operating a motor vehicle on a public road.
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