You’re Driving Insensitively and Don’t Realize It – Part 2

Think you’re pretty good behind the wheel, right? Here’s part 2 of what you might be doing while on the road. See Part 1 in Monday’s post.

Don’t be that guy.

Driving in the left lane on the highway
Continuously driving in the left lane at all, even if you’re going at or above the speed limit, is illegal in most states. It’s for passing only, with obvious exceptions in times of heavy traffic.

It’s not a feature, it’s a necessity.

Screwing up the flow of traffic by either not using a turn signal…
Information on your turn would’ve been good to know 10 seconds ago so others aren’t waiting unnecessarily for you.

… or using it too early
By that same token, if I’m turning right, and you’re driving along with your blinker on, how are others supposed to know that you have no intention of turning?

Come back next week for part 3, to see what else you may be doing without realizing it.

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Proper Highway Driving

This is a touchy point with all drivers, and everyone has their own opinion on what is acceptable driving speed in the left lane.

There is proper driving etiquette everyone needs to follow

No Matter if you are an aggressive driver or a passive driver, want to drive 20 MPH over the speed limit or drive 5 MPH under the speed limit there is proper driving etiquette everyone needs to follow.  We have all seen the out of control driver that is tailgating then passing dangerously close can be just as hazardous as the vehicle driving far too slow for highway speeds.  If you are hauling a precarious load or aren’t comfortable driving at highway speed, then you need to avoid the highway all together.  Not only are you a danger to yourself but to all other drivers on the highway too.  Not following proper driving etiquette adds to traffic congestion and backups; if everyone stays aware of their surroundings, road conditions and follows the flow of traffic we all can arrive at our destinations quicker and safer.

Passing Lane Not the “Fast” Lane

This is a touchy point with all drivers, and everyone has their own opinion on what is acceptable driving speed in the left lane.  The term “fast” lane is very subjective and everyone’s definition of fast is different.  That is why the left lane is and should be referred to as the passing lane and not the “fast” lane.  This will put all confusion to rest as to what the appropriate speed to travel in the left lane is.  The left lane(s) are used for passing, so if you are not passing a vehicle then you should not be driving in the left lane.  After passing slower traffic you should return to the right lane as soon as you can safely.

Stay aware of other drivers and changing road conditions to stay safe with ever present summer road construction.  Let’s all work together to keep each other safe and moving fluidly on the highways this summer, with road construction and quickly changing Wisconsin weather already impeding us we don’t need any more obstacles.  Don’t be afraid to hit the highway this summer in your Toyota Camry and be sure to follow proper driving etiquette.

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