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Happy Campers... Good article on left lane hogs.

http://money.msn.com/auto-insurance/...d66a&gt1=33033


Those happy campers in the left lane
Only 9% of drivers in a recent poll said they regularly camp in the passing lane. So why is it often blocked by slowpokes?

This post comes from Des Toups at partner site CarInsurance.com.

June was "Lane Courtesy Month." Did you notice?

The battle for the highway's left lane has raged for decades and, despite well-intentioned efforts to clarify laws and unclog the passing lane, has become part of the fabric of urban life.

Regional insurer Pemco acknowledges as much in the most recent addition to its long-running ad campaign, "Northwest Profile No. 51: Oblivious Left Lane Occupant":

"It matters not how many honks, high beams or dirty looks he receives, because he's in his own little world, a world where 'Speed Limit 60' can actually mean 51, and the words 'Stay Right Except to Pass' are merely a suggestion," the announcer intones. "Perhaps it's the breathtaking mountain view, or maybe it's the continuous soft hits on the radio, or maybe he thinks this is London, England -- if he thinks at all.

"Oblivious Left Lane Occupant, you're one of us. And like you, we're happy right where we are."

On Wednesday, the insurer released a lane-usage survey of 601 Washington state drivers. Its findings:
•86% agreed that the left lane should be reserved for faster traffic.
•89% said they often or sometimes see the left lane blocked.
•9% identified themselves as someone who camps in the left lane.
•43% said blocking the left lane was not a ticketable offense.

Lane-blocking is in fact a ticketable offense in Washington, carrying a $42 fine, as it is in most states. (Pemco treats the violation as it would any other minor offense, such as a seat-belt ticket, and it would have the same effect on insurance rates.) Even states that don't reserve the left lane on free-flowing highways for passing usually have some sort of slower-traffic-keep-right law on the books. In some states, the law applies even if the other guy is speeding -- that's his ticket to worry about. "Some people have asked if we actually stop drivers for staying in the left lane, and we absolutely do," Sgt. J.J. Gundermann of the Washington State Patrol told Pemco. "The Legislature's intent is for the left lane to be used as a passing lane, and ultimately some people need a ticket to get them to comply."

"If almost half of drivers don't know that left-lane camping is illegal, that might explain why it seems so common on our freeways," Pemco spokesperson Jon Osterberg said. "Perhaps we simply need to increase awareness."

If you're a driver waging a one-man awareness campaign, Pemco's survey says Washington drivers are most likely to respond to a flash of the headlights (34%) or tailgating (33%). They are least likely to respond to tailgating (32%) or to "hand gestures" (28%).

"Italian-style heavy tailgating flashing doesn't seem to work well in the U.S.," says "Traffic" author and columnist Tom Vanderbilt. "We like our rights: our rights to have that lane to ourselves, but also our right not to be bullied out of it."

Here's what the National Motorists Association -- proclaimer of Lane Courtesy Month -- recommends:
•The driver of a faster vehicle in the left lane should signal their desire to move past a slower vehicle in the left lane by turning on their left directional light for a few seconds.
•The operator of the slower vehicle should acknowledge this request by turning on their right directional light and merging right as quickly as possible without slowing down.
•If the slower driver fails to respond, the faster driver should briefly flash their headlights to catch the slower driver's attention. Ideally, the slower driver will then merge right.

Sgt. Gundermann advises only patience. "We strongly discourage drivers from taking any action -- like flashing headlights or tailgating -- when they're stuck behind a left-lane camper. These actions can promote road rage and rarely get other drivers to change their behavior."



Road Rage, really? Shitheads in the left lane never bother me at all. :

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I hate the left lane campers, and i also hate the fuckheads who pass in the far right lane. The left lane campers who camp next to other vehicles are probably some of the worst drivers out there, and deserve to have a grenade dropped on their hood when i pass them. Had a guy in a 350z cruising in the left lane flip me off when i flashed my brights at him. Finally got around him and he tailgated the shit out of me.
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I got stuck in the left lane behind a FERRARI last weekend doing 64mph down a mostly vacant I80. Of course he was right next to another car doing 64mph in the right lane. Normally I would ride someone's ass to get them to move over but I chose not to, fearing that I did not have enough insurance to cover a 64mph rear end collision with a brand new Ferrari .
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I got stuck in the left lane behind a FERRARI last weekend doing 64mph down a mostly vacant I80. Of course he was right next to another car doing 64mph in the right lane. Normally I would ride someone's ass to get them to move over but I chose not to, fearing that I did not have enough insurance to cover a 64mph rear end collision with a brand new Ferrari .

your a automotive technician. They make like 100,000.




had same shit going on a two laner in Indiana and some bitch was in the left lane going 60mph, with my awesomeness, i was able to fawking pass her barely. And about 30 cars were stuck behind her going 60mph in a 70mph lane.
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your a automotive technician. They make like 100,000.


That's news to me.
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As annoying as it may be, I do not believe that Illinois has a law on the books that the left lane is only for passing as some other states do. Correct me if I am wrong, but only if you can prove it.

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but it came out as a law 2-3 years ago.
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had same shit going on a two laner in Indiana and some bitch was in the left lane going 60mph, with my awesomeness, i was able to fawking pass her barely. And about 30 cars were stuck behind her going 60mph in a 70mph lane.
That happened to me in plainfield on highway 126. 55mph zone, car in front doing like 30, pile of cars. It looks clear so i try to pass. Of course halfway past the line of cars i realize there's a car coming without it's lights on. It's dark btw. Talk about a clusterfuck of idiots. No time to slow down and try to squeeze back into my lane, i go right between the oncoming car and the cars i'm passing. Fuck me. The retard without any lights didn't swerve to avoid me either.
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maybe later I'll post a video of me in europe.

its like a one lane road, barely wide enough to let 2 cars going in opposite directions. If someone wants to pass, they flash their brights, and the car in front goes on the gravel side and lets faster vehicle to pass. Same thing has to be done if a large bus or semi is coming in opposite direction.


mmm europe, where there are less douchebags.
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I know what you mean. Even in the countries where it's illegal to lanesplit the cagers still don't get pissed, and the cops generally allow it. I safely passed a guy on willow springs road the other day, turned around and on my way back the self-appointed vigilante douche is swerving in my lane and screaming at me about it being a racetrack. Huh? Wasn't going excessively fast, just didn't wanna go as slow as him. What the fuck does it matter? Didn't affect him at all, and nothing about it was unsafe. What he did was unsafe.
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Me? Dude...i ride slow. The first instance i posted, i was doing the speed limit while passing. Didn't see the car without lights until i nearly ran into him. The second instance i was doing 10-15 over when i came up on the guy, saw it was clear, accelerated past him, then continued at 10-15 over.
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Past a guy hogging the left lane? I don't like to do that. Too much shit on the shoulder. REALLY pisses people off too.
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I was in my truck those times. I just split lanes on the bike.

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As long as their tits are bigger than their dicks, im in.

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I've passed on the shoulder a few times
Yeah you dick. One of those times was with me and my SV650 in the back of the rape truck.

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I thought that was a different time. Cheap beer at Gus's house runs right through me. Btw, thanks for not taking off. If the rolls were reversed I would have.
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Yeah, no screaming and honking at each other about who has the right of way. One thing european drivers (UK specifically for sure) have problems with are the cyclists though. They don't like the fact that cyclists can use the road without paying tax.
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Seems most of those people are simply oblivious of their surrounding completely. Until you pass them in the right lane, flash your brights, or do something else that scares the shit out of them, and that's when they get mad at you.

They might not respond to us flashing lights or tailgating, but if you get a semi driver involved, they do seem to get da fuck out of the way 80% of the time
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I get pissed off when I'm in the left lane (exceeding the limit and) passing someone, and someone else runs up on my a$$ and is flashing his lights and shit. Really makes me want to slow down and pace the car I was trying to pass.

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I get pissed off when I'm in the left lane (exceeding the limit and) passing someone, and someone else runs up on my a$$ and is flashing his lights and shit. Really makes me want to slow down and pace the car I was trying to pass.
Yeah, but what's the point? The person already doesn't realize they're in the wrong, and you doing that is only going to make it worse. They're retards who won't learn from it anyway, so i just save the trouble and let them by.
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Had a guy in a 350z cruising in the left lane flip me off when i flashed my brights at him. Finally got around him and he tailgated the shit out of me.
Its amazing how much fun you can have with a tailgater when you have a stick shift. Ya know brake lights dont activate when you downshift.

I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.
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They also don't activate when you pull the e-brake.

And it is a law in Illinois that you should stay to the right unless you are passing.

http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/right.html

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They also don't activate when you pull the e-brake.

And it is a law in Illinois that you should stay to the right unless you are passing.

http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/right.html
Problem with the ebrake is you cant accelerate out of their way when they lock their tires up in a panic.

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I thought the reasoning behind this was to get hit and grab your liver.
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