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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-05-2018, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Which lane do you ride in?

In two, three or even four lane motorways/highways, do you have a preferred lane to ride in? I know in Europe you are supposed to stay on the outside lane and use the others for overtaking as traffic allows, always returning to the outside. Seems that any lane is game on US highways, so overtaking occurs on both side if you are in the middle lane of a three lane highway. Somewhat disconcerting if you are used to overtaking vehicles passing on one side only. Universally I believe the law "encourages" staying on the outside lane (furthest lane from traffic coming in the other direction). Makes sense to me, but interrupted by merging traffic (that has priority in the US).

Share what's your rationale for lane selection?

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In two, three or even four lane motorways/highways, do you have a preferred lane to ride in? I know in Europe you are supposed to stay on the outside lane and use the others for overtaking as traffic allows, always returning to the outside. Seems that any lane is game on US highways, so overtaking occurs on both side if you are in the middle lane of a three lane highway. Somewhat disconcerting if you are used to overtaking vehicles passing on one side only. Universally I believe the law "encourages" staying on the outside lane (furthest lane from traffic coming in the other direction). Makes sense to me, but interrupted by merging traffic (that has priority in the US).

Share what's your rationale for lane selection?
I'll choose the middle on a 3 lane or the second lane closest to the inside on a 4 lane. It keeps me away from merging traffic and leaves me an escape route on either side. I also intend to ride just a bit faster than the flow of traffic because if I'm passing I have more control than if I'm getting constantly passed by others. On the US highways it is courtesy to stay in the outside lane except when passing and in some states its the law. However, we have more than our fair share of idiots who think they are only ones living in the world.
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Don't know if it's a state thing, but here in NJ, passing on the right is frowned upon if not technically illegal. You mention riding in the middle lane of a 3 lane hwy and passing on either side. The lanes on the left are for passing. I ride in all lanes and determine which by conditions at the time. Sometimes the right hand lane is all roughed up or greasy from trucks. Sometimes all the road hogs stay in the left lane so I can make better time in the right hand lane. There is no better lane all the time.
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American drivers are the worst offenders of hogging the fast lane. Prius drivers should all be regaled to busses. As many times ive driven in europe ive never(and thats at least 2 trips a year) witnessed fast lane idiots. If you happen to be in the passing lane and someone comes up behind you going faster, they flash their lights and you move over, Now. i can also tell you we, Americans, forgot what the stalk on the left side of the steering wheel is for. ough, dont get me started.

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I have a feeling if you drove up behind a fast-lane slow-driver flashing your high beams here in the US, that idiot is going to slow down just to spite you. Bunch of self-centered, vapid cagers out there.
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I've asked my colleagues here in the US what the rules are and there appears to be a lot ignorance on lane rules. Not something talked about much in drivers ed or motorcycle refresher classes. Don't think it's malice.

I've been asked in all seriousness that as long as you are doing the speed limit why does it matter?

Also supposed to be illegal to overtake on the inside in the US, not just in Europe, but regrettably it's not enforced.

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Most folks only know enough to not be ticketed by the fuzz. And since the fuzz aren't pulling people over for improper lane usage, then proper lane usage is a very low priority for most drivers.
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I agree with the above comments on lane usage. In the U.S., way too many people drive in the left hand below the average traffic flow speed on divided highways were there is no possibility of making a left hand turn. They belong in the right hand lane, thereby allowing faster traffic to pass them in the left lane.

I always try to keep right unless passing or making a left hand turn. Remember, people who constantly drive in the left hand lane are that much closer to a head on collision from an oncoming car. Just this week on the same road, I saw two drivers weaving left and right in the left hand lane while using phones, and driving slower than the flow of traffic. Sometimes road rage is justified !

I have seen it stated that some of these drivers apparently feel that it is their duty to drive at the exact speed limit in the left hand lane in an attempt to regulate the speed of faster drivers.
Wrong !! It's not up to them to enforce speed limits.

Here in New York state, many years ago, I had driver education in high school. Unfortunately, that has been eliminated in many areas. It was a valuable experience. I think many drivers are suffering the lack of that experience today.
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I know someone who was riding in the left hand lane on a local 2 lane highway who was pulled over by the local enforcers and given a ticket for staying in the left hand lane for more than 4 miles. He was following her. Never knew anyone who was pulled over for that before. Big trucks and semis do the same thing but never seem to get pulled over when they are not supposed to stay in the left lane other than to pass. It's usually speeding chaos.
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Felony: I know someone who was riding in the left hand lane on a local 2 lane highway who was pulled over by the local enforcers and given a ticket for staying in the left hand lane for more than 4 miles. He was following her. Never knew anyone who was pulled over for that before.

Was it in this century? Give the cop a medal for doing his job!
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