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The Daily Whim

Sun. Jan 21, 2007

Left Lane Follies

I know that there’s always been Left Lane Hogs, as long as theres been four lane highways. But lately I’ve observed an explosion of this related to six lane configurations.

I first came to this conclusion while driving GA 400, a local toll road that is six to eight lanes on the portion I travel most. But this weekend when travelling back and forth to see Mom in Mississippi, I saw the same behavior in six lane stretches. So it’s my new rule.

The left lane is not the fast lane. It’s just the lane everyone wants to be in.

The middle lane is now the fast lane.

So the next time you see a black Ranger or a blue Mustang coming up on you in the rearview mirror, if you’d please move over to the left lane so I can get by you, it would be greatly appreciated. You’ll be happier there anyway, it’s where all the kewl cars hang out! Ignore those silly signs that say “Slower Traffic Keep Right.” That doesn’t mean you. That’s for other people. You’re special.

Another observation. We already know that 84 mph in a 70 mph zone will get you a ticket. But on Saturday, I passed what may have been the very same trooper at the very same spot doing 77 mph … and he remained in the median.

Speed Limit +10% is a freebie. Speed Limit +20% costs $134.


Peanut Gallery

1  Zack wrote:

Yes those slow cars in the left lane are annoying. On the other hand, if I am doing 20mph above the speed limit (theoretically speaking) in the left lane and you come behind me at some insane speed annoyed that I am blocking your way, don’t expect me to give way easily.

I got a warning once from a police officer for going 84mph in a 75mph zone in the salt flats in Utah. I think we were the only two vehicles in miles.

2  Reid wrote:

On the other hand, if I am doing 20mph above the speed limit (theoretically speaking) in the left lane and you come behind me at some insane speed annoyed that I am blocking your way, don’t expect me to give way easily

I understand where you’re coming from. But my strategy is to let those super-speeders on by (had a Z pass me at about 95 mph yesterday), as they are like chum to sharks (saw the Z pulled over by an AL trooper about ten miles later).

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