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[-] RedditWanderer 115 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

This is probably the thing people understand the least about the left lane, and I bet this guy is one of em.

It doesn't matter what speed you are passing, as long as you are passing (and of course if you are barely passing youre a dick).

But not because im passing 10km/h faster and you want to pass 30km/h faster, that I need to move out of the way. Flashing your lights and putting your blinker only makes me want to pass slower. The left lane is not reserved for the fastest driver on the road.

[-] [email protected] 57 points 1 month ago

Yes, passing lane – not fast lane.

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[-] Nobody 37 points 1 month ago

I agree as long as the slower driver was already in the process of passing. Cutting off the approaching faster driver is unsafe.

[-] RedditWanderer 16 points 1 month ago

Yeah this makes sense. My comment only refers to already in the lane and passing, and some donkey wants to pass faster and won't wait 4 seconds until you're done passing (at a good speed)

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[-] MrJameGumb 17 points 1 month ago

If someone starts aggressively flashing their lights behind me I like to assume they are trying to alert me that I'm driving too fast and should slow down immediately lol

[-] Garbanzo 13 points 1 month ago

I assume they're having an emergency. Or they're a raging asshole. In either case it's not a great idea to play games with them. If you ever fuck around and find out I hope you'll come tell us about it so I can gloat.

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[-] [email protected] 78 points 1 month ago

I try to drive so I am as far away from other vehicles as possible. I also try to avoid ever inconveniencing other people. It doesn't matter if I'm going 140, if you come up behind me, I'm moving over to let you by - as quickly as I can while still being safe. I expect the same from others. Changing lanes isn't hard, I often move over to let someone by and then go back to continue passing.

Also, please stop passing on the right. You're just making everything worse.

[-] misterundercoat 32 points 1 month ago


You mean km/hr, right?


Km/hr, right?

[-] Frozengyro 29 points 1 month ago

Meters per second

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[-] theangryseal 14 points 1 month ago

I have no choice but to pass on the right because jackasses ride the left lane and drive under the speed limit. The police around here don’t enforce it. Drives me nuts.

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[-] [email protected] 66 points 1 month ago

I drive like a German: I only go on the left lane of a highway if I am passing someone.

[-] Alexstarfire 13 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Must be nice. I think semis are the worst when it comes to causing traffic. Swear to god, every single one gets on the highway and immediately moves to the middle lane, at least, even when they are going like 20 under and passing no one.

EDIT: It's my fault for not being more clear. This is on a 6 lane highway. I also think people missed my point about them not going fast enough yet so cars are passing them on the left and right. Why get over 3-4 lanes and force everyone in those lanes to slow down and/or go around while they are still trying to pick up speed?

[-] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

90% of the time that's because everyone sits ten feet behind them so if they're next to an onramp no one can merge. And seeing as they're sixty feet long they can't exactly merge left to let someone on (because that person sitting halfway up their colon sure as fuck won't) because there's not going to be any room.

I don't particularly like it when people sit in the middle lane either... but until people realize they're not competing with everyone else on the road and actually leave enough space for people to merge (from an onramp, from another lane, wherever) then it's only responsible to ensure that people have at least a somewhat fighting chance to actually get on the highway in the first place.

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[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago

Remember not to indicate if you're over the age of 65, on a tractor, or driving a beamer

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[-] [email protected] 50 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Left lane is for overtaking. End of story

If you finished overtaking you go back to middle or right depending on the circumstances.

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[-] [email protected] 46 points 1 month ago

Left is for passing, if you’re just driving then you’re in the right lane until you come up on someone to pass

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[-] disguy_ovahea 45 points 1 month ago

If you’re in the left lane, and there’s someone behind you but no one in front of you, move over and let them pass. Simple.

[-] [email protected] 22 points 1 month ago

Or better yet, if there's room to your right and the lane to your right isn't the right-most lane, move right. It doesn't matter if someone is behind you or if you're one lane from the left, move right if you're not passing someone.

Far too many people camp in the left most lane when there's plenty of room to the right. This forces traffic that you're probably not actually noticing to pass on the right, which is unsafe and, in some areas, illegal.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago

In some countries it's illegal to drive on the left lane, when there is place on the right one

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[-] FlyingSquid 43 points 1 month ago

I once went to a conference as a vendor and they hired a temp to go with us to do a lot of the grunt work and had him drive the van there and back. He would drive under the speed limit in the left lane. When I couldn't take it anymore and finally said something, he said, "I like driving in the left lane!"

They had to practically hold me back from strangling him.

I'm much calmer these days.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

I've heard that a society governed purely by logic would be one that never takes emotion into account, one that only sees the cold logic.

That sounds bad. That being said:

We live in a society where people actively enjoy becoming road hazards, subsequently becoming dangerous to others whilst staying relatively safe themselves.

Idk, maybe we meet somewhere in the middle? Cuz I feel like those feelings should not be respected.

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[-] RememberTheApollo_ 39 points 1 month ago

“Failure to yield” is a law in some places. You don’t get to lane camp.

Also, most states have “Keep right except to pass” laws. So if you’re not actively passing, you need to move over.

So yeah, they are breaking laws.

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[-] Daft_ish 32 points 1 month ago

I don't want to be in the left with you animals. Tell the guy in the right to at least to do the fucking limit.

[-] AllOutOfBubbleGum 19 points 1 month ago

See, this is the problem. You either risk getting a ticket by keeping up with the 15mph+ people in the left, or you deal with grandma and grandpa doing 10mph under on the right. So a lot of us end up having to leapfrog back and forth. I just want to maintain my socially and legally acceptable 4mph over.

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[-] PriorityMotif 30 points 1 month ago

If someone comes up behind you, you should move to the right, even if there is a car to your right. You should just push them over to make way for the more important people who are speeding because they have important things to do and most get where they're going 15 seconds faster by speeding.

[-] EncryptKeeper 20 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Yes. If these two things are true: 1. A car is stuck behind you. 2. There is no car to your immediate right. Then you should move over. You should obviously not merge into a car, you would use your turn signal and then change lanes like a normal person.

This is because you are not so important that you get to break a common state law in order to inconvenience hundreds of other drivers on the road, because you don’t like that they want to break a different law that doesn’t inconvenience other drivers.

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[-] UnpluggedFridge 28 points 1 month ago

From right to left, the lanes are for drivers who follow the laws as written, the laws as enforced, and the laws of physics.

[-] MrJameGumb 26 points 1 month ago

This sounds like where I live. Everyone is either going 20 over the limit or 10 under it the whole way and both are constantly trying to change lanes for no legitimate reason lol

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[-] [email protected] 16 points 1 month ago


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[-] teamevil 16 points 1 month ago

Just remember fool, ONLY ONE LAW AT A TIME.

[-] Ultragigagigantic 14 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

While I understand you deserve to pass in the passing lane, I do to. The cars to my right are going 55, I'm going 60. I would love to get over but I'm passing the people going 55. If I were to get over, I would be doing 50.

As soon as it is safe, I will allow you to pass. Sorry about the delay.

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[-] bmsok 13 points 1 month ago

If you aren't going 90mph on your way into Detroit you're causing a traffic jam. Full stop.

[-] nifty 12 points 1 month ago

People driving slowly in the passing lane (left most lane) just make everyone else less safe: https://www.vox.com/2014/6/16/5804590/slow-left-lane-driving-rules-us-traffic-illegal

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[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

If you truly wanted to break the law for real, you'd be alone in the carpool lane going 115mph.

[-] sramder 16 points 1 month ago

Can’t, it’s full of Teslas going exactly 65…

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