The Ten People You Meet on the Open Road
The open road can be a harrowing place. From erratic drivers to a crumbling infrastructure, any combination of challenges can present themselves at any moment. You never know what it is going to be, but if you prepare yourself, you might be able to prevent an incident. Here are ten people you will meet in a given year of driving. Some are more dangerous than others, and you would do well to try and avoid them when possible:
As a New England resident and seasoned Boston driver, I am no spring chicken when it comes to driving like a jerk with a purpose. In fact, it’s when a driver is acting timid that I do not know how to respond. But in the Northeast, truckers by law have to stay out of the left lane, unless there is a two lane highway. Then all bets are off.
This got really nasty on several road trips I have taken through Midwest states. Truckers passing other truckers make their move even though other cars are not out of their way. I watched, as motorists had to slow down or drive into the breakdown lane to avoid the barreling semi. I’m not exaggerating. I don’t have to. These wackos are out there.
Slow In the Fast Lane
Admit it, you do not use the left lane for passing only. It’s ok, I won’t tell. It seems that it is a general understanding that the left lane is for fast traffic, and people tend to stay in that lane, even though the law in some states says they should not. I’m all for efficient flow of traffic, so this practice does not seem as evil as law enforcement would like to make it out to be.
But it is when some driver thinks that 3 MPH under the speed limit is acceptable for cruising in the fast lane that things go astray. That timid sort will venture into faster waters, thus holding up a line of vehicles behind them. They are the worst.
Passing Through The Passing Lane
This is a variation of the previous driver. Said driver respects the left lane as a passing lane, and is in the middle lane most of the time, but driving faster than the vehicle in front of it. This driver decides he/she will use the passing lane to execute a pass, but forgets that there are vehicles traveling in that lane at a higher rate of speed. This driver typically pulls into the lane without looking, causing a driver already in the left lane to slam on the brakes.