Why hang out in the left lane?

Why hang out in the left lane?

There are 11 comments on the The Free Lance-Star story from Feb 12, 2006, titled Why hang out in the left lane?. In it, The Free Lance-Star reports that:

OAN PECK of Locust Grove said "Amen!" to my recent column lamenting the number of folks who camp out in the left lane of local highways.

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#1 Apr 4, 2006
wow ! i love this subject being discussed ! i drive from orange into the dc area every day .i have learned that the va state police are finally ticketing some slow traffic in the left lanes for failing to keep right . the drivers manual evidently says for slow traffic to stay to the right. as for our dear friend "sar" and the
others who feel as she does- she might want to apply to apply for employment with one the police departments and that way she can help control traffic= other wisse she should obey the law and move to the right and at least she will be right.


#2 Jun 9, 2007
Oh my gosh I am so glad to find this subject!!
When driving from Fredericksburg to Orange, there are
(pick your favorite word that I cannot type here)
lets say MORONS...who get in the left lane at WaWa
and stay there until they turn left on Rt. 20. They drive approxamately 52 mph and won't budge.
It makes me furious!! THEY will cause wrecks as other
frustrated people try to zig-zag around them.
It's about time the police start to enforce this rule more diligently!!
Da Man

Jacksonville, NC

#3 Jul 6, 2007
People who drive slow in the left lane should be clubbed like baby seals LOL. They have no regard for others.

Goldvein, VA

#4 Apr 13, 2008
An older woman and I were talking one day about driving on highways and I had told her that I was a little miffed about older people driving slowly in the left-hand lane. I told her that there were signs posted for slower traffic to move to the right. She told me that her reason for driving in the right lane was that she felt safer driving there where she could see the left side of the grass to road instead of driving on the right where she couldn't see where the grass and road were. I proceeded to tell her that insurance companies state that while driving, the driver is better off driving with the speed of the traffic in the lane they are traveling in versus driving the posted speed limit. The rationale is "you become a threat" to other drivers. I also insisted that the State where I was, as well as most others, have road rules (otherwise known as laws) that say to stay out of the lane unless you are traveling as fast as the traffic in the left lane or you are passing. Now, on the other hand, there should be a prudent rule that the left-hand lane should be used only for passing and then returning back to the right lane. This allows an open lane, in most cases, for any and all emergency vehicles responding to pass vehicles in the right lane without incident. Morale of the story: If you're not driving as fast as the car in the left lane, or not passing a car in the right lane ----STAY OUT OF IT! You may be receiving the next pretty pink piece of paper.
pinkpaperindeedm hm

Roanoke, VA

#5 Apr 19, 2008
No those persons who drive slow in the left lane should not be clubbed like baby seals or harmed or messed with. I don't drive slow but perhaps someone has a headache and trying their best and will get off at a exit soon to their home. Most drive too exceedingly fast so no reason to pick on those not running over small children and dogs. So I see no reason for this discussion. If you need to speed so badly try walking through the house quick. I'll be glad when speeding on rds not supposed to exceed forty miles per hour be more regulated [and the cops send their time more wisely than picking on the slow]. Everybody already goes tons faster than horse carriage now so quit complaining./

Since: Jul 07

Fredericksburg VA

#6 Jul 21, 2008
Da Man wrote:
People who drive slow in the left lane should be clubbed like baby seals LOL. They have no regard for others.
Amen to that. I'll vote for any politican that will make shooting them legal*, after putting up with them every day on my commute.

*Except in DC, due to gun control laws LOL
Faster Pussycat

San Jose, CA

#7 Aug 30, 2008
More people should just use the cruise control. It helps you save gas, and keeps everybody going the same speed.

If you drive in the far left lane, you should be going faster than everybody else, or, you should move over to the right lane. Otherwise, someone is likely to get road rage from following you for too long. Road rage kills, happens all the time, so do everybody a favor, and pay attention to your own speed, and to the speed of those around you, and pick the correct lane based on speed.

Plus, I don't think commmercial truck drivers should have access to the far left lane when there's 3 or more lanes, they just cause the same effect as slow drivers.

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#8 Oct 14, 2008
So what's happening in Locust Grove, VA now?

Since: Aug 08


#9 Oct 15, 2008
Legally,they are only obligated to drive the speed limit.

To say you should shoot them is absurd.

I stay way out of the left lane unless I feel the need to go eighty.

And with the Virginia State Police and local police departments driving every kind of vehicle and doing more laser radar than ever.

I don't feel that need much anymore.

Yes,it is annoying.

But,you pass them.

Don't use your vehicle as in a aggressive manner to force them to change lanes or you can be arrested and go to jail.

Just do the simple thing and pass them when safe.

There will be another idiot driver half a mile up the road,you'll have to deal with,so don't spend all your energy on the first one you run into.


#10 Nov 20, 2008
I grew up in TX...There is just a graciousness about our drivers. We like to drive in the Left lane, but when we someone come up, we move to the right as soon as we can and it just is the kind thing to do.

You like to drive in the left lane, great...enjoy....just remember to get over for the one or 2 seconds it takes to let someone over...

I have lived all over the USA and VA is truly the WORST offender when it comes to habitual left laning!

Locust Grove, VA

#11 Nov 21, 2008
Da Man wrote:
People who drive slow in the left lane should be clubbed like baby seals LOL. They have no regard for others.
I do not find your responce very funny,,,jerk

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