• Jun 12th 2007 at 4:04PM
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A couple of years ago I was motoring down the highway at something above the speed limit, when I noticed in my rearview mirror that a Kenworth had snuck up on me. It's not easy for an 18-wheeler to sneak up on anything, but he was simply going so fast that one moment he wasn't there, and the next moment he was. The other surprising thing in the mirror, beyond that giant grill inches from my bumper, was a little sign just below the Kenworth logo that read "Move Over." Which I did. Quick smart.

Well, the "Move Over" movement isn't just for truckers anymore. It's gone mainstream with the Left Lane Drivers of America, whose mission it is "to get that left lane back!" from the slowpokes, cowpokes, and any other pokes who might be using it to do something other than pass the cars on the right. There are states where using the left lane only to pass is a law. However, like laws against jaywalking, it often, frustratingly, goes unheeded. Left Lane Drivers offers "Move Over" windshield stickers to let folks know what they need to do when you rock up behind them. It's even got an arrow so people know exactly where they're supposed to go. While we're all for anything to reduce road rage and the frustration of having to do 2 mph under the speed limit, we have a sinking feeling that some might see it as more automotive bullying and drive even worse out of spite. Maybe a "Move Over Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top" sticker could work better?

[Source: Left Lane Drivers via Winding Road]

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      • 8 Years Ago

      This post is creating such rage, and no one is on the road yet (that I could tell)...

      Next time, I'll just take public transit, or hitch a ride on a Kenworth.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The signs at the side of the road which read 'SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT' are pretty self-expanitory. If faster traffic is approaching behind you, move right. It's the law.

      The US is the only major nation that DOES NOT practice lane courtesy. What does that say for our level of civilized behavior, or lack of?

        • 8 Years Ago
        The signs at the side of the road which read 'SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT' are pretty self-expanitory. If faster traffic is approaching behind you, move right. It's the law--
        ONLY IF you are going at or under the speed limit!!
        They call it a LIMIT because once you go over the limit, you are breaking the law and your "right-of-way" to the left lane ceases...
      • 8 Years Ago
      The post = trolling. Really.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the idea of the move over sign but, it will piss people off. The same rude people who drive in the fast lane way under the speed limit also don't know how the use their turn signals. I think they all need a refresher course at drivers school and learn the laws. What happened to common courtesy in this rude world?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tailgaters and speeders are a bunch of mouth-breather limp-dicks who are so frustrated at being nobodies in life that the only place they can delude themselves that they have any "power" is on the highway. Chicken-shit morons who, if they had to stand toe-to-toe with 98% of the people in the cars they tailgate, would turn tail and snail away. Sad sack losers who retro-fit their cars with loud-but-pointless exhaust systems and boomcar speakers are little lizard brains....speeding around in their pathetic cars....but completely powerless and permanently low-status. Everything I need to know about a person, I can tell by the way they drive, what they drive...and how they've "tricked" out their "ride"...that's why I ask about it whenever I'm interviewing prospective employees. "What do you drive?"...then seemingly "casual" conversation about driving, etc. Tells me a lot about their intelligence.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Well Chris you really seem to pretty judgemental and I guess your a control freak also, being as you interview people for job opportunities. What do you do...
        run a pizza hut? People like you are the ones who cause
        Road Rage. Control Freak
        • 8 Years Ago
        what do you drive?kia?geo metro?ten-speed?trike????
      • 8 Years Ago
      Totally wouldn't be a problem for anybody, if they'd only use the left lane for passing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone ever heard of all working together to get somewhere faster? If we only use the left lane to pass and use the other 2 or 3 lanes for cruising ALL traffic would move much faster. Whether you're a speeder or not we've all been stuck behind a couple cars going the same speed side by side. Why? Why do you need your own lane if you're going the same speed as the car next to you. Just pass him & get over or slow for 5 seconds and drop behind him. Losing 20 feet while you're going 65mph isn't going to get you to your destination any slower...but by leaving a lane always open it sure could help all traffic flow faster. If we work together we could all benefit. The highway isn't a contest. If someone comes up behind you and is moving faster just move over and let him/her by. Leave your ego at home. I don't see why people get mad. I move over all the time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Somebody please buy Don a set of balls
      • 8 Years Ago
      Like Joe K, I love the people who quickly merge onto the freeway and then make their way to the left lane, usually by racing unsafely over all lanes, where they stay to putz along at the speed limit or less. Also a pain-in-the-rear here in Orange County are the people who zoom into the carpool lane only to go the speed limit OR LESS. There they remain, smug in their ignorance, while traffic in the far right lane is usually going much faster than they are. Of course, there are also the people who illegally cross into and out of the carpool lane. Gotta love them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Riding slow or at the speed limit in the left lane is asking for trouble. Even the police allow ten miles over. Who are you to play blocker or vigilante? God will cause the grief in his time, not you. Not to mention the state signs that say; SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT. without mention of speed. P.S. If you see me your driving to slow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I know us who are really smart in California and want to drive some mph faster then those numb-nuts in the fastlane doing 50mph use the far right lane. Amazingly even though it is the slow lane, it is deserted! Other than the occasional semi it is just clear sailing.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Too true. I often find that in rush hour it's the right lane that's moving a good 10 mph faster than the 10-20 mph stop-n-go of the other lanes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      BGDC wrote: "You're part of the problem. As are most drivers. Keep to the right UNLESS you're passing. It makes traffic move much faster."

      Yeah, on 2-lane freeway out in the country. You can't have this on L.A. freeways, except for maybe 3 a.m. Besides, as I posted earlier, the law in Calif. is "slower traffic keep right" not "keep right except to pass." The hassle is catching some moron going 5 under in the left lane who won't get out of the way when they can. Often there's room for this ninny to move right, but not enough space between cars in the next lane over to overtake. In dense urban traffic, "slower traffic keep right" makes more sense.

      And, having commuted a lot on SoCal freeways I found that the worst lane to be in when traffic slows down is the far left lane. As soon as the speed in the other lanes drops, people dive for the left like sheep. Center lane works a lot better.
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