Oldgringo wrote: Liberty wrote: Soccerdad1995 wrote:
Any speed deferential that allows one to pass. It is an offense to impede trafic. I don't care if you are doing the posted speed. If I come up behind you going faster....you need to get over.
The non-enforcement of this is one of my pet peeves. The left lane is for passing only.
If you are in the left lane with no one in front of you and you are going at the same speed as the traffic to your right then you are in the wrong lane. It doesn't matter if you are going 180 mph. The left lane is a passing lane.
I don't believe this is true at all. Why would they have so many exits on the left-hand side? The speed limits aren't a suggestion they are the law. Doing the speed limit helps control the speeds to the limits that are required by law. Isn't it our duty not only to obey the laws, but to encourage others to obey the laws also?
Yeah, maybe I'm trolling a little bit here, but the truth is there isn't enough road in many cases to handle all the traffic in a single lane. If you are getting impatient because of the guy doing the speed limit in the left-hand lane, maybe you're wanting to drive too fast. If you tell the officer and later on the judge that the posted speed limit was just a suggestion it's not going to go over too well. slow down relax, people are getting too impatient. Maybe leave for your destination a little earlier, and save up that pent up rage for one of those elitst leftist in Washington.
A voice of reason. Thank you.
Those are well reasoned arguments. Now for the real world..... There's the posted speed limit, and then there is "not making a target out of yourself" speed limit. If the posted speed limit is 65, and you are doing 65 in the left lane, and you are aware enough of your surroundings to see that the flow of traffic
is 75, then you are also aware enough to see that people are desperately trying to get by you and that traffic is backing up behind you. IF you are that aware (and while behind the wheel, you should
be), then you ought to realize that everyone's
safety including your own would be enhanced by you moving over to the right lane. Why? Because you haven't got a prayer in heaven of making everyone else slow down and maintain the posted limit. You might as well try and dam up a river with one log.
If you are NOT aware of these things taking place all around you while you're doing 65 in the left lane and being repeatedly passed by cars swerving around you, then you should be doing 0 mph in a parking lot while you finish your coffee and wake up a little. The California CHP teaches its motorcycle officers to maintain a speed just a little faster than the flow of traffic, because that is the safest speed
for them to travel at. This is equally true for non-LEO motorcyclists, even if the flow of traffic is moving at the posted speed. There are traffic studies.....I'm sure I can find one on Google if anyone needs a link....that prove that when the flow of traffic is moving at one speed - even above the posted limit - and there is a slow driver impeding that flow of traffic, the slow driver is the one who creates the unsafe condition.
I'm not arguing that we should all speed. In fact, the speed limits are generally determined by experts in the subject matter, such as traffic engineers and law enforcement officials, according to the dictates of the driving conditions......winding mountain road, versus 8 lane freeway.....and I don't generally speed myself, or at least not by much. But it remains a fact of life that the flow of traffic is what it is, posted limit or not; and if you're the one impeding traffic, then you're the one creating the unsafe condition. The remedy is to get. out. of. the. way. It is safer
for the driver causing the impediment to traffic to make ONE move to the right lane, than it is to make every motorist overtaking that driver to make TWO moves: one move to the right to merge with the already overtaking traffic on the right, and then another move back into the left lane. Over the course of a few miles, it can add up to hundreds of driver lane changes to accommodate the ONE driver who won't move over.
Two spacecraft can safely dock in orbit because they are both going 17,500 mph. But if one of them thinks that 17,000 is the safer speed and still attempts the dock, he'll crash both the spacecraft. It isn't the speed of traffic that is the problem, it is the speed differential
between the speed of traffic, and the guy parked in the left lane going 10 mph slower.