Driving in the left lane

Driving in the left lane

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NM driver

Farmington, NM

#1 Feb 5, 2012
I would really like to know if anyone in NM has ever went to a driving class or even read the driving manual about how and where to drive. No matter where I drive in this State I see everyone driving in the left lane going slower than traffic. Do any of you know what a dangerous situation this makes for other drivers? Do you realize when you encounter that road rage driver this alone will make them want to run you off the road?
Proper and courteous driving is always in the right (outside) lane, leaving the left (inside) lane open for passing and faster cars. After passing this car will get into the right lane until it comes upon another car in the left lane, then they will use a turn signal to change into the left lane and pass that car. All the while the left lane is open unless used for passing cars.
Please read the NM drivers manual so you can learn how to drive!!!! I have heard many people laugh about this and even call it a Navajo Roadblock, I really dont think this is funny or a joke but VERY DANGEROUS DRIVING.
no t this again

Santa Fe, NM

#2 Feb 5, 2012
hey skippy, how do you know I don't have a left turn to make ahead ? Road ragers are the dangerous drivers with their tailgating and high speed close passing.
Farmington

Florence, AL

#3 Feb 6, 2012
I wonder if anyone who posts here has ever taken an English grammar class.

It's "has ever gone" or "has ever taken", NOT "has ever WENT".
NM Driver 2

Orange, CA

#4 Feb 6, 2012
Some other bad driving habits:

1. Speeding up in the left lane to overtake a car in the right lane, then making an immediate right turn, instead of slowing down and pulling in BEHIND the car in the right lane.

2. Driving with fog lamps on, when there is no trace of fog. This causes more light in the eyes of oncoming drivers than if you had high beams on.

3. Driving with only parking lights on at dusk or dawn. Folks, there is a reason these lights are called "parking lights". USE YOUR DRIVING LIGHTS!

4. Starting to turn left before the oncoming has passed. Surely, you can wait a quarter second more.

5. Zig zagging thru traffic. You're not that important, slow down.
NM Driver 2

Orange, CA

#5 Feb 6, 2012
6. Pulling off the right shoulder and using only your right turn indicator to signal that you're stopped. USE YOU GD HAZARD LIGHTS!
Tickled Not So Pink

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Feb 6, 2012
Amen to NMD1 for once again bringing up the subject on left lane drivers. There are some of the worst drivers in NM. I agree that some of these drivers need to back to driving school. They just don't comprehend what the left lane is all about. Every day going to work is like playing dodge ball trying to get through traffic. No, it is not road rage but understanding how to drive to survive. When you have a driver on the left lane and on the right going the same speed limit, how is one supposed to pass? One has no choice but to speed it up and pass when there is an opening. These slow drivers are making it harder to drive, driving in the wrong lane. The driving manual clearly states the left lane is for passing vehicles. Guess some people don't UNDERSTAND what that means! But reading this blog, some people just get offended by being told that they are taking up the left lane and being inconsiderate. BOOHOO. Oh well....
Hwy 64

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Feb 6, 2012
A scenario for all of you. Every morning I go to work on Hwy 64. I am fortunate in that I live about 1/2 mile from where I work. I pull onto 64 from the south going west into the left lane (as prescribed by law)...then I stay in the left lane until I turn off of 64, again to the south. Would you have me change to the right lane for less than 1/2 mile? Have you ever experienced the traffic on 64 between 6 and 9 on weekdays? Just changing lanes for that short distance could cause an accident!! What would you have me do?
Tickled Not So Pink

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Feb 7, 2012
Hwy 64 wrote:
A scenario for all of you. Every morning I go to work on Hwy 64. I am fortunate in that I live about 1/2 mile from where I work. I pull onto 64 from the south going west into the left lane (as prescribed by law)...then I stay in the left lane until I turn off of 64, again to the south. Would you have me change to the right lane for less than 1/2 mile? Have you ever experienced the traffic on 64 between 6 and 9 on weekdays? Just changing lanes for that short distance could cause an accident!! What would you have me do?
Hwy 64, that is a short distance to work and one could travel that quickly. Try driving from Rio Rancho into Albuquerque every morning and tell me if its the same....
Hwy 64

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Feb 7, 2012
Tickled Not So Pink wrote:
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Hwy 64, that is a short distance to work and one could travel that quickly. Try driving from Rio Rancho into Albuquerque every morning and tell me if its the same....
Yes, it is quick most of the time....however at that time of day there are hundreds of oil & gas field trucks on that hiway and that makes it challenging in a different way.
There is a reason that I do not drive from Rio Rancho to Abq on a daily basis....no one could pay me enough to do it! Not only is it environmentally distateful to me, it is also time consuming and stress creating. So, maybe there is a monetary sacrifice, but it is more reasonable for me. Now, I am not judging what anyone else does....commute or not...that's why I said "to me". No solution to driving in the left lane for that short commute?
whammer jammer

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Feb 7, 2012
Bottom line...if you are in the left lane, doing the speed limit...and there is a care parallel to you, speed up or slow down and MOVE INTO THE SLOWER LANE OF TRAFFIC...period. What you create is a 'road block' so to speak...IF you choose to cruise in the left hand lane, at or below the posted speed limit, you are a traffic imposition..what can you do to prevent this? If you are paranoid as to ticket gifters, then either cruise slightly above the posted speed limit or move to the slower lane, allow those who are behind you to manuveur either around you or to pass. Highway 64 can and is a nightmare. Often, I wonder where drivers obtain their licenses.
lolol

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Feb 8, 2012
whammer jammer wrote:
Bottom line...if you are in the left lane, doing the speed limit...and there is a care parallel to you, speed up or slow down and MOVE INTO THE SLOWER LANE OF TRAFFIC...period. What you create is a 'road block' so to speak...IF you choose to cruise in the left hand lane, at or below the posted speed limit, you are a traffic imposition..what can you do to prevent this? If you are paranoid as to ticket gifters, then either cruise slightly above the posted speed limit or move to the slower lane, allow those who are behind you to manuveur either around you or to pass. Highway 64 can and is a nightmare. Often, I wonder where drivers obtain their licenses.
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yup, tell that to the cops that drive in the left lane at 55 and right lane traffic is parallel to him and no one is passing him (any day between aztec and fmn).. guess some of our finest officers don't read the manual either or are just macho bois trying to egg on a driver to pass him for a quick ticket. Rio Rancho to Bloomfield is a Highway .. 64 and 516 are rural connectors with left turn cutouts every 1/4 mile or so, but it doesn't matter to the speeders if you need to turn left, they will blow up to you rear bumper anyway acting all put out. All you can do is drive defensivelly and get to your destination safely, you will always pisz off a bozo in a hurry.
Tickled Not So Pink

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Feb 8, 2012
This is what I think! Cops can be intimidating on the highway, but if you are not breaking the law what should it matter? The people who are afraid to speed and pass up when there is an officer on the highway must not have self confidence in his/her driving skills. Half of the time they are on their way to work or just looking for the real speeders. As long as turning signals are used and are not going very much over the speed limit why would a person be pulled over? Never the less, could be that the people who got their license just lucked out and passed the driving test or studied it until they memorized it and then quickly forgot what it was that they learned. Maybe they are just inconsiderate fools that need to re-learn what driving is all about...
Hwy 64

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Feb 8, 2012
lolol wrote:
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yup, tell that to the cops that drive in the left lane at 55 and right lane traffic is parallel to him and no one is passing him (any day between aztec and fmn).. guess some of our finest officers don't read the manual either or are just macho bois trying to egg on a driver to pass him for a quick ticket. Rio Rancho to Bloomfield is a Highway .. 64 and 516 are rural connectors with left turn cutouts every 1/4 mile or so, but it doesn't matter to the speeders if you need to turn left, they will blow up to you rear bumper anyway acting all put out. All you can do is drive defensivelly and get to your destination safely, you will always pisz off a bozo in a hurry.
If you look at an atlas, you wil find that hiway 64 is actually an interstate hiway that begins near the New Mexico-Arizona border and runs through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennesee and North Carolina. It does merge with other hiways along the way, and often parallels I-40, but there it is...not just a rural connector.
Hwy 64

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Feb 8, 2012
Not to mention 64 covers MANY more miles tha 550 from Rio Rancho to Bloomfield. 550 is only from Rio Rancho to Montrose Colorado. So which is actually a Hiway?
true

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Feb 9, 2012
Hwy 64 wrote:
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If you look at an atlas, you wil find that hiway 64 is actually an interstate hiway that begins near the New Mexico-Arizona border and runs through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennesee and North Carolina. It does merge with other hiways along the way, and often parallels I-40, but there it is...not just a rural connector.
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Also 64 is 2 lane for a large portion so there is no left-lane right-lane question. But, I do think the locals that drive the Bloomfield to Farmington strech or Farmington-Shiprock strech consider those portions as rural connectors and residential-commercial roads because of the heavy traffic and build up causing a lot of in-town like driving because of all the traffic turning off or onto the hiway. Not quite like the Cuba-Bloomfield strech where there are pretty well only 4 areas that really are considered rural communities and in those areas the speed limit is reduced like at Huerfano and Lyebrook. In rural areas between these towns like Aztec-Farmington, there is really no strech of road that is unbroken and the locals in these areas see the hiway as Main Street not an Interstate.
whammer jammer

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Feb 9, 2012
lolol wrote:
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yup, tell that to the cops that drive in the left lane at 55 and right lane traffic is parallel to him and no one is passing him (any day between aztec and fmn).. guess some of our finest officers don't read the manual either or are just macho bois trying to egg on a driver to pass him for a quick ticket. Rio Rancho to Bloomfield is a Highway .. 64 and 516 are rural connectors with left turn cutouts every 1/4 mile or so, but it doesn't matter to the speeders if you need to turn left, they will blow up to you rear bumper anyway acting all put out. All you can do is drive defensivelly and get to your destination safely, you will always pisz off a bozo in a hurry.
Law enforcement patrol are bound by 'duty' to set the example. Albeit, you don't pass the 'pace' car. Now, back to the topic...law enforcement aren't the topic of discussion...it's the 'everyday' commuters. If, you have a valid driver's license, and opperate a motor vehicle, obey the basic laws of the highway. Slower traffic moves to the right hand lane. This basic law is posted on most highways. That inhibits any accidents from occurring for obvious reasons. The left hand lane is a 'passing' lane. Period. I don't care where you live, what excuse you contrive...it's a 'passing lane' period. Slower traffic stay in the right hand lane...it's not rocket science...it's the law.
allrighty

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Feb 10, 2012
whammer jammer wrote:
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Law enforcement patrol are bound by 'duty' to set the example. Albeit, you don't pass the 'pace' car. Now, back to the topic...law enforcement aren't the topic of discussion...it's the 'everyday' commuters. If, you have a valid driver's license, and opperate a motor vehicle, obey the basic laws of the highway. Slower traffic moves to the right hand lane. This basic law is posted on most highways. That inhibits any accidents from occurring for obvious reasons. The left hand lane is a 'passing' lane. Period. I don't care where you live, what excuse you contrive...it's a 'passing lane' period. Slower traffic stay in the right hand lane...it's not rocket science...it's the law.
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so it's ok for law enforcement to provide a rolling roadblock in the left lane not allowing any passing of the slower patrol car, makes sense.
Tickled Not So Pink

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Feb 12, 2012
allrighty wrote:
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so it's ok for law enforcement to provide a rolling roadblock in the left lane not allowing any passing of the slower patrol car, makes sense.
No, its really not ok! Just because its a "cop" does not mean that everyone should put a halt on driving and slow down just because there is a cop on the road. Yes law enforcement should set an example but if he/she is driving under or the same speed limit as the sign, why shouldn't a person pass them up? Just because cops have the authority to pull a person over should not make the driver fearful of getting ticketed for doing what is right. Anyway, the topic is not about law enforcement, its about drivers out there that need to learn about following rules when it comes to driving. After all, a vehicle can become a deadly weapon if not operated properly.
whammer jammer

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Feb 12, 2012
Tickled Not So Pink wrote:
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No, its really not ok! Just because its a "cop" does not mean that everyone should put a halt on driving and slow down just because there is a cop on the road. Yes law enforcement should set an example but if he/she is driving under or the same speed limit as the sign, why shouldn't a person pass them up? Just because cops have the authority to pull a person over should not make the driver fearful of getting ticketed for doing what is right. Anyway, the topic is not about law enforcement, its about drivers out there that need to learn about following rules when it comes to driving. After all, a vehicle can become a deadly weapon if not operated properly.
The law is the law. If you are unfortunate enough to be in the same 'group of traffic' as a law enforcement officer, I'm thinking, it would be in your best interest to obey the posted speed limit. My grip? It's those few who 'think' they are the 'law' and choose to 'block' traffic from passing them. If you are going at or below the speed limit, stay in the right lane...like I said...it's not rocket science. It's common courtesy. That's all. It's driver courtesy. Some licenses don't come with that clause....that comes from 'rearing'.
jeebus

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Feb 15, 2012
Tickled Not So Pink wrote:
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No, its really not ok! Just because its a "cop" does not mean that everyone should put a halt on driving and slow down just because there is a cop on the road. Yes law enforcement should set an example but if he/she is driving under or the same speed limit as the sign, why shouldn't a person pass them up? Just because cops have the authority to pull a person over should not make the driver fearful of getting ticketed for doing what is right. Anyway, the topic is not about law enforcement, its about drivers out there that need to learn about following rules when it comes to driving. After all, a vehicle can become a deadly weapon if not operated properly.
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if 'da man' is doing the speed limit in the left lane, you just go ahead and blow by and pass him on the right there speedy lololol

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