Drive the speed you want, but why infringe on the rights of those in a hurry?
Is caused by left lane whores, which can be male or female.
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It's called the right lane.
If you're sightseeing or rubbernecking in the left, get your butt over.
Why is that rule so freakin' hard to follow?
As drivers, we do a lot of things that irritate each other.
We signal but never turn.
We turn but don't signal.
We forget who is supposed to go next at a four-way stop sign.
But nothing comes close to the level of irritation that comes from being stuck behind someone doing 55 in a 65 in the far left lane. Drive the speed you want, but why infringe on the rights of those in a hurry? To me, that's giving the rest of us on the road the finger in the most passive aggressive -- "Who me?"-- way possible. In fact, I would much rather have someone pull up beside me, roll down their window and flip me the bird as they go driving by than be trapped behind this vehicular anarchist.
Wow, some TCLers do have real jobs on journalism.
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"The right to travel is a part of the liberty of which the citizen cannot be deprived without due process of law under the Fifth Amendment."
"The right to travel is a well-established common right that does not owe its existence to the federal government. It is recognized by the courts as a natural right."
I realize that some people have a problem with this idea. But the idea that it was a mere priviledge, like conducting business on the highway is, came about well after the invention of the automobile, and it did not affect horses or horse and buggy owners a mere hundred years ago. What happened? How did we get brainwashed into thinking travelling on public roadways iwith private property was a priviledge?
"...For while a citizen has the right to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, that right does not extend to the use of the highways...as a place for private gain. For the latter purpose, no person has a vested right to use the highways of this state, but it is a privilege...which the (state) may grant or withhold at its discretion..."
I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.
Ah, one of these threads again.
To throw in my two cents, I totally share the hate for left lane campers and continually hope that their engines suffer a fiery death, but these threads never amount to anything more than a circle-jerk with others coming in for some totally EPIC trolling.
If you want to see how a real highway should function go drive in Germany.
- It's illegal to use the left lane unless you're passing (this also includes traffic jams, which I'll get to)
- If there's an accident and no Police/Ambulance at the scene you're legally obligated to stop and assist the person(s) involved until help arrives
- During a traffic jam no one is allowed to occupy the left lane, as this lane will be used for emergency response
- It is illegal to stop on the autobahn unless it's an emergency or a traffic jam. Having your car break down or running out of gas are not acceptable reasons to stop and may result in massive fines and a 6 month license suspension (they figure your car shouldn't be in the conditions to break down if you're on the highway).
Sure they might have been fine when they were set in the 70's/80's but cars have improved drastically in those 30-40 years.
Some areas have started raising speed limits on highways to 75/80/85.
The subtle nuances of efficient, courteous driving are totally lost on most people. Signalling, merging, speed matching, completing a pass in a reasonable amount of time - all pieces of an important puzzle that most drivers never bothered to try.
I drive on highways everyday to get to work. I completely agree with this article. I ****ing hate it when people ride in the left lane and don't let others pass them. It drives me insane. Each week I see the same drivers going slow in the left lane, and most of the time, I can get around them because most of my trip involves driving through a less congested highway, then once I keep driving south, I hit more drivers and it gets more complicated to get around them.
I used to be one of those people who would get on the ass of the other person, honk my horn to get them over then speed away in accomplishment. But since I drive so much, (I put 60K on my 09 jetta when I bought it with 17K within 1 year, I know not alot compared to others), I realized that I was putting my vehicle thru too much break wear and I was loosing gas mileage. (stop n go)
So if I see an opening around someone in the left lane, I go for it like a cheetah, so I can go on my way.
Last edited by bwalzywolfsburg; 11-01-2011 at 02:40 PM.
My point is, simply, that the right to travel faster than the dude that isn't going as fast as you are doesn't exist.
Yeah the left lane campers are a bitch and it'd be great if the rules were followed and enforced. But to assert that it's your right to pass them is silly. Especially so when, more often than not, the lane camper is travelling at or below the speed limit when you are travelling above it. Claiming rules of the road on someone when breaking the rules is hypocritical.
Last edited by Robstr; 11-01-2011 at 03:10 PM.
No you don't. They are well within the rules to travel slower than the speed limit as they see fit (in absence of a minimum posted speed).
If they're travelling slower than the right lane traffic they're in the wrong but that says nothing about it being your right to go faster them.
Last edited by Robstr; 11-01-2011 at 03:59 PM.
Either way, In the event of a camper, I prefer to make a scene: I flash, honk, finger, and cutoff all of them. Maybe those zombies will finally get the hint.
Sorry, miscommunication. I was thinking more of a liberty right (privilege), not so much a Consitutional or inherent right. i.e. you have the liberty and privilege to pass them as much as they have the liberty/privilege to go under the posted limit, but this is not an inherent right.
It is not the left lane campers job to enforce the law.
In some places the police/Highway Patrol will pull you over for impeding the flow of traffic (I got a ticket for this while going to a VW event, even though it was another blue MKIV R32 that was camping in the left lane trying to get rolling shots...FHP pulled over the first car (me) that fit the description..)
I'm here to tell you, when there's traffic the left lane IS occupied fully. Always. I never saw anyone cited for it. It would not make sense to have traffic and use only one or two lanes, when using the third lane could free the traffic jam.
You're right on most of the other things. Running out of gas on the autobahn is a fineable offense, because it was your fault. You knew you were low on fuel. Your car breaking down on the other hand, is an unpreventable circumstance. Again, seen it happen many times and have never seen anyone fined for it.
You never know why someone is in a hurry. Why make it your business to hinder someone who just wants to get where they need to be. Move out of the way, and let them pass. It's that simple.
There's far too much traffic in SoCal to allow the left lane for passing only.
Fortunately, the Prius hyper-milers hold up the carpool lane, leaving the fast lane for everyone else.
Driving below the posted speed limit in the fast lane (assuming weather and traffic conditions are normal) should be a capital crime.
Tailgating, however, should also be punishable by death, as should failure to use signal and cutting off other drivers. In fact, drivers should die for breaking traffic laws. (except me, of course)
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