And why does it drive the rest of us so crazy? Some have even been rammed into oncoming traffic causing head-on collisions of innocent drivers. What do you do if you flash your lights for two miles and the slow poke still won't move? There are at least 38 states with laws in place to fine drivers for traveling too slow in the left lane. Sometimes a gentle reminder is all the slow driver needs who is then more than happy to move over at a safe moment. Then why is it time after time, day after day, freeway after freeway, people are driving 50 miles per hour in a 70-mph lane? So why then do so many people do it? I've even driven with some who drove slow in the high speed lane and when I pointed out that it was illegal, they were quite surprised to learn this, even after years of driving in Los Angeles. Pettus said the Alabama Department of Transportation assured him it would run public service announcements and provide road signs to let drivers know about the change if the bill becomes law. So if you get back over to the right immediately after passing, that car will be able to pass you, which lets everybody to get to their destination more quickly.
Let's face it, we've all been there when we're plodding along unaware that we've slowed down. Guy behind me was flailing and flashing lights like crazy then almost hit me when I did go back over to the right even though I had my blinker on. Otherwise, traffic builds up, raising safety risks. Trooper Aaron Pfaff says slower drivers clogging the left lane can cause aggressive driving and road rage. If you're reading this article and find you may fit the profile of a slow driver in the high-speed lane, please pull over and drive in the lanes to the far right. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our and © 2019 Alabama Media Group. And remember, driving is a privilege, not a right.
And now, we have texters and headphones and people talking on phones, even though it's illegal in most states. Would be nice to see ticketing for people passing to the right, too. The higher speed is for the high-speed lanes, which are the farthest lanes to the left. This was behind the Texter, the Tailgater and the Last-Minute Line-Cutter. I realize that it will happen when you have slow drivers cruising in the left lanes. These are some very simple road manners that can and will prevent the escalation of road rage.
He often notices motorists driving below the speed limit — in the left lane. On the House floor today, some lawmakers questioned how practical it would be to enforce the bill. There are also exceptions for emergency vehicles. The title may contain two, short, necessary context sentences. Some signs even say 'Slower drivers stay to the right' so be aware. Slow traffic stay to the right.
W e all know that speeding is against the law. I've even met people who grew up here who didn't seem to nail the driver's ed course where they teach you about driving rules of the road in high speed lanes vs slow speed lanes. And no, dummies don't work as passengers, cops are on to this scam. First and foremost, highways were developed with several lanes to accommodate not only mass traffic but also to provide various lanes for different driving speeds. With the advent of dash-cams and phone cameras, there has been a marked increase in the capture of road rage, people ramming a car or a motorcycle, causing irreparable harm to others and causing multiple accidents, even pile-ups. Don't be a slow speed driver in the high-speed lane.
For those people who want to drive slowly, then please do so in the lanes designated especially for slower drivers. Just make sure that whatever you do, it doesn't endanger your life or those around you on the freeway, nor escalate the road rage any further. The limits allows for exceptions in cases of heavy traffic congestion, inclement weather, obstructions in the road or if a driver is preparing to take an exit from the left lane. If you need to take a call, make a conscious effort to pull over to the side of the road and if not a safe area, then take an exit where you can sit and talk in a parking lot and where you won't be a danger to yourself or to anyone else. This will make interstate traffic move better. The lanes in between the high-speed lanes and the slow speed lanes on 5-8 lane highways are for drivers who wish to drive somewhere in between the maximum and minimum.
While this in and of itself is illegal and dangerous, frustration builds, transforming law-abiding citizens into hell-bent, ranting road warriors. If you're not going to lead, then get out of the way. These comments are much more than the rants of an irate writer and road test editor; they are the observations of a journalist who specializes in road safety. Signs are there for your safety. Those include driving through a construction zone, inclement weather, traffic congestion and others. A 2015 state law requires drivers to move to the right lane to allow faster traffic to pass.
He said the goal is to not to issue traffic tickets but to encourage people to use interstate lanes correctly,. John Jasinski spends a lot of time commuting on I-35 between Faribault and the Capitol in St. These are all illegal when driving and they impair your judgment making skills behind the wheel as they slow your awareness of and reaction to your surroundings. You need front, side and rear focus to be ready to react in a moments notice. For faster drivers who want someone to move over, give him or her a gentle nudge with the flash of your headlights a few times, or a little beep-beep from your horn. And does it frustrate as many other drivers as it does me? If you're a frustrated driver who finds yourself behind a slow-goer, flash your high beams a few times. Don't they understand the basic concept of fast and slow? You'll get a photo of yourself in your car making the offense on camera.