Slower Traffic Keep Right
Driving down the highway, is something I have to do everyday to get to work. It’s not a long distance but about 8 minutes of highway driving. As I drive, I can see a very large sign that reads “Slower Traffic Keep Right”. I see so many drivers not obeying this rule. Not only is it a good rule to live by, but it actually tells you to do that on the side of the road. I guess people don’t understand what this statement means, or I guess they just haven’t learned to read. There are valid reasons for this, including the most important one, giving emergency vehicles the ability to pass when needed.
A lot of people are driving the speed limit or faster in the left lane and some people think that is not right either, but it is not our job to slow them down by driving there. Let the cops, deal with them. That is not the issue. We don’t know their circumstances and it’s their choice if they want to drive fast and deal with the consequences, as long as they also get into the right lane after passing.
I understand that “slower” is suggestive. Who is slower? “That guy is driving pretty fast so he can go in the left lane.” No, there is always someone faster. A good rule is to be sure you are always in the right lane unless you are passing someone. There is nothing worse (well there is) than two cars going the same “slow” speed, side by side on a two lane highway. That’s common driving courtesy and etiquette.