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#21252 of 21747 Re: LLD [imidazol97]
Jan 14, 2013 (7:06 pm)
I was traveling at and above the posted speed limit in an area with no signs for "Slower traffic keep right."
I think that the important thing here is to not challenge someone who might be going over the limit and wants to go even faster and wants to pass. Should someone be a traffic and speed limit enforcer? Don't think so. How difficult is it to just LET IT GO. Move over. Let them go faster if they want. What is so hard about that?
Jan 15, 2013 (8:34 pm)
Odd that he was so impatient because the right two lanes had just opened clear as the 4th lane went off.
Odd that you'd stay in the left lane, knowing full well that you were not passing or the faster car on the road.
What I see are two dominators on the road... fighting for dominance over each other, regardless of consequence.
#21255 of 21747 Re: LLD [gogogodzilla]
Jan 16, 2013 (6:27 am)
>What I see are two dominators on the road... fighting for dominance over each other,
Odd that you, once again, would try to paint me as at fault for being in the left lane of 3 (4) lanes. Remember I had just come through a dangerous, narrowed lane, and uneven construction area where the speed limit is and should be 45 and the traffic is moved to the temporary opposing lanes. The truck came out of nowhere, most likely having sped through the construction at 65 and was coming up catching me just as I was speeding above the limit by 5 or so. The limit have just risen back to 55 on a completed area of the construction.
When someone starts in being a dominator, I just wait for them to leave the area so it's safe to merge to the right more lanes. Note, that in 6 more miles after he passed on the right without spending 1/2 mile trying to push me out of his lane, he didn't leave the left lane once even though both right lanes of 3 were open and the middle lane was open for driving at his 5 or so over 65. Never moved over once. A big clue for the LLD status.
You'll be happy to know I drove 80 or so miles to OSU campus yesterday on a mostly 3 lane interstate and I was in the right hand lane 99% of the distance. Hardly a left lane cruiser.
I did get to see a couple of potential LLD's get stopped by the OSP. I was watching the OSP plane making tight circles and was feeling sorry for the people in the plane probably getting dizy, but I knew they were probably following a target for the ground car to stop. There was one OSP car active on the opposite side of the interstate with a violator on the side already. Lo and behold here came 2 OSP cars merging into traffic and each singled out an SUV and their lights came on. Two more violators slowed. They were caught in the left lane and actually pulled onto the median berm rather than to the right hand berm for their traffic stops.
The OSP still had the plane out on my return trip an hours or so later, but only had one active car making stops that I could spot.
#21256 of 21747 Re: LLD [imidazol97]
Jan 16, 2013 (7:04 am)
I'm currently taking the online National Safety Council Defensive Driving course, to shave 10% off my insurance (can do that if 55+). Based on what they teach there re defensive driving... both you and the truck driver were in the wrong.
The truck driver should not have driven in a "dominating" way in the left lane.
However, you should have done everything reasonable to get out of the way of the dominating driver... just let him get by you so you could get to a safer position on the road, one with less stress and risk of an accident. You say you wait for dominators to leave the area. Instead, YOU should be the one to "leave the area" as soon as it's safe for you to do so. You have control over your actions. You can't control what other drivers will do.
It has nothing to do with being a "left lane cruiser" or not. It has to do with driving defensively, and taking whatever actions are prudent to lessen the risk of an accident or violation.
Jan 16, 2013 (7:46 pm)
Clear evening, a little light in the sky, so about 100 cars with no lights. I don't understand.
Not a bad drive, saw 2 turners from the wrong lane - jerky middle aged exec type in a late model Range Rover, phone to ear, right turn from left lane on a 4 lane arterial. Prime candidate for fines based on finances. Then someone I won't describe in an Odyssey (if you are local, I bet you can guess), left turn from the right lane of a similar road. Saw a few other phone users, no crosswalk crowders.
Jan 17, 2013 (10:27 am)
On the way into work this morning - I was in the left lane of a four lane divided highway (two in each direction) moving at about 50mph (SL 55). Traffic was heavy, but moving nicely. Approaching a side street, I see a WRX getting ready to pull into traffic. I see him jump into a tiny hole in traffic, and hear him accelerate hard. The car he pulled in front of had to hit the brakes a little.
A couple seconds later, he's in the left lane two cards behind me.
Then in the right, then left, right, left.....
I counted 18 lane changes in 3.5 miles which placed him in the right lane barely ahead of me, at which time he turned into the parking lot of an office building. All those lane changes to advance three positions and get to work five seconds earlier!
#21259 of 21747 Re: Late? [jjackson12]
Jan 17, 2013 (10:59 am)
I had a Hummer H2 makes about 6 lane changes in a mile on a 40mph 4 lane road behind me, yesterday. When I exited, he had gained maybe a car length. Just the kind of vehicle I expect that from (WRX too).
#21260 of 21747 Re: Late? [jjackson12]
Jan 17, 2013 (11:27 am)
No harm, no foul. At least the driver kept himself busy on the task of driving. I daresay that's better than texting, makeup application, or other distractions that many "drivers" busy themselves with over that same distance.
Jan 18, 2013 (12:45 pm)
Like you, I see TONS of drivers with cell phones to their ears, yet I never hear of anyone being stopped for this primary offense.
What's up with that?
They always are crying for more money, yet this is a great source of revenue....