posted on Mar, 13 2013 @ 08:13 PM
I was taught from a "young" age the following conditions for a freeway:
If there are three lanes:
1. The right lane is for "normal" driving, driving when conditions are hazardous (or your car is), and for slower traffic. I tend to stay in this
lane only if I suspect my car might go out, or if I'm only going to be on a freeway for a short time. Mostly, the speed limit in this lane is a
variable - it could be as low as 45mph, and as high as 80 (I've seen plenty of people do this).
2, The middle lane is a "duration" lane, or "fair weather" lane (local term for it). I use this lane when I know I'm going to be on the freeway
for a while (such as on a trip up north). My reasoning for doing this is that I'm leaving the right lane to those coming on the freeway, and the left
lane for some moron that can't stand going 75mph in a 70 zone.
3. The dreaded left lane. Although I sometimes drive well within the "limit" in the fast lane, someone always want's to go faster, so I don't use
the lane at all (Unless the freeway is ending, and I need to make a Michigan left from it). In my lifetime, I've only used the lane about 5 times,
and each time I went back to the middle after passing the car I intended to.
And, I also own a bumper sticker, which reads "I set your speed limit, not the other way around". In other words, while the driver in front
may not be driving correctly or fast enough, tailgating will not get them to budge - if you tailgate, whatever happens is your responsibility, because
you were behind them (so, if you follow too close, and the driver in front puts on the brakes to avoid a cute innocent squirrel that "crossed" the
road, and you hit them - Guess who gets the ticket? HINT: It isn't the guy in front, as you were tailgating).
What's funnier is how some of Michigan's roads have what I like to call "blow-past" lanes - These lanes are usually on the right, and are a
combination of a right-turn lane and a straight "merge with traffic" lane. Normally, there isn't a problem using them...until a couple "smart
people" (in my area, there's a few repeat offenders) decide to rev their engines, give the finger to those of us in the correct lane, and zoom off
around the traffic - essentially cutting in line - it never fails that a couple times a week, someone has to play "chicken" where those lanes merge.
I've seen more accidents at these sections than on the freeway.