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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-29-2016, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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The Safety-Based Case Against Left Lane Squatters



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If you’re a motorcyclist, odds are that you aren’t one of those car drivers that squats in the left lane plodding along exactly at the speed limit while everyone else stacks up behind you with their blood pressure nearing the bursting point. Then again, maybe you are one of those mouth-breathers who believes it is their God-given right to drive in whatever lane they want, no matter who it inconveniences. (If you are, we’ve got a special place in Hell carved out for you to spend all of eternity listening to the Barney Song turned up to 11.)

While we’ve all experienced the aggravation of the left lane squatter, it turns out that slowing down traffic in the left lane is also a safety hazard because it forces faster drivers to weave back and forth between lanes, which can cause a cascading wave of deceleration in the right lane that further slows and stacks up traffic. Oh yeah, it increases the odds of an accident, too.

So, next time you see some doofus online, bloviating about how safe he is going the speed limit in the left lane instead of sticking to the right unless he’s passing, point him in the direction of the video below. While it probably won’t change the blowhard’s behavior, you might just inform some less experienced driver, like the narrator in the video, about proper lane discipline.
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-01-2016, 11:08 AM
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This is interesting. It never bothered me previously because my old honda had a very hard time exceeding the speed limit on the freeway. Now that I have a rocket, it does bother me to weave because someone is going slow in the fast lane. The worst for me is when i pass them in the middle lane and see they are going slow because they are on their phone or something like that. Then I really want to do something terrible like smash a window with a glassbreaker.
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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 12:42 PM
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I never see multilane highways these days, and I would surmise that they are not an appropriate or enjoyable environment for motorcycles. So, should I find myself suffering this number of four wheeled boxes transporting irritated working stiffs, I'll stay in the outside slow lane, and try to survive. But getting all bent out out of shape because there is someone in front of you on a freeway? how stupid would that be?

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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 12:49 PM
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For me of course it's right lane hogs, and anyone with an elementary knowledge of fluidics will know what a hazard they are, and why. They are the motoring equivalent of furred up arteries. Over here it's a motoring offence-obstruction-but never gets enforced.
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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-10-2016, 09:20 PM
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So travelling at the speed limit is frowned upon!?

If you do more than 3-4% over the speed limit here you've got pretty good odds of getting nabbed.

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So travelling at the speed limit is frowned upon!?

If you do more than 3-4% over the speed limit here you've got pretty good odds of getting nabbed.
I personally don't frown upon it at all unless you are in the left lane. I have been caught behind construction trucks getting sandblasted and unable to pass due to a left lane squatter. Had to slow down get some room and just wait it out for them to get a clue and get out of the passing only lane.
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post #7 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-11-2016, 02:35 PM
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As the video states, even if you are driving at the speed limit, if the flow of traffic is faster than that you are creating a hazard. And in many states unless you are passing you don't belong in the left lane.
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post #8 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-12-2016, 05:40 PM
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The rationale of staying to the right works well (and lawful) in single direction traffic flow like highways and intertstates (no intersections). However, in stop and go traffic (thru intersections), if you get caught in a string of cars, you are hidden from, oncoming traffic WILL turn in front of or into you.
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post #9 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-18-2016, 04:52 PM
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Right hand Lane here but we I often have a queue in that lane with the other two open as we cannot undertake legally here
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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-27-2016, 07:44 AM
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I'm sure this opinion will be as popular as a beer fart in a crowded elevator, but here goes anyway.
In the OP's picture, the highway is crowded, and if everyone is safely moving at the speed limit (BTW Speed limit is the MAXIMUM allowable speed), there is no safety in crowding into a just-as-busy right lane so some highway terrorist can blast through at whatever speed he/she chooses with total disregard for anyone else.
So bottom line is slow down and breathe. Get off the other guy's bumper; you'll live longer and arrive at your destination a lot less stressed.
On the other hand, if he's under the posted limit and everyone is passing on the right.... ramming speed!
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