Date registered: Sep 2008
Vehicle: 2002 E430 4-Matic
Location: Chicago - North Surburbs
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I have to say that around here....for every left lane hog, there are five idiots doing a slalom through heavy 70mph traffic, trying to do 85, or simply just trying to get in front of the guy in front of him.
There are also 5 more tailgaters trying to "push" the traffic ahead up 10mph ignoring that there is a 10 mile long line of cars in every lane.
There are also 5 more that don't understand that you don't run parallel to a big rig in their blind spot for miles on end...... you want to wait until there is enough room to clear his blind spot so you can pass in safety.
There are also those that don't realize that you are supposed to slow down in a construction zone.... and you are not required to try to merge into a crowded slower right lane so some idiot can pass at 80mph.
There are also those that can't understand that leaving a few car lengths between the car in front is not holding up traffic. You know the type, their view is that if you are not tailgating the guy in front....you are holding up the guy behind. He's usually the slalomer. Cutting you off at your right front fender so he can sneek into that empty spot you are leaving for reaction time.
There are also those that don't realize that some drivers, especially the elderly, those with trailors, or driving rental trucks, or simply a bit intimidated with 80mph use center lane as safe haven from stalled cars, road debris, short on-ramps, and construction road cones. Give them a bit of a break and pass them on the left....they are not obliged to move over to make room for you.
Around here there is enough traffic that "keep right except to pass" would be absurd. The way you drive here, and in most metro areas, is to pick a lane, comply with the traffic flow of traffic and drive defencively with courtesy.
In my opinion....yes there are left lane hogs and they can be quite irratating...but they are far out numbered by self centered dangerous idiots.