Proper Highway Driving Etiquette Everyone Needs to Follow

Everyone has their own opinion on what is acceptable driving speed in the left lane.

Proper Highway Driving

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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Road Rage: When Stress Hits the Highway

In Truckee, California, 25-year-old Timothy Brooks flew into a rage after another car cut him off on the highway. He followed the offending car to a bagel shop where the driver, 47-year-old Robert Ash, had stopped to eat. After yelling at the older man, Brooks attacked him, stabbing him to death with a knife. Brooks was convicted of second-degree murder.

In Little Falls, New Jersey, May Lee and her two children were run off the road by Milton Aganon, 25, who’d been tailgating her at 80 miles an hour and gesticulating at Lee to get out of the way. When Aganon finally passed Lee, he cut her off so suddenly that she was forced to swerve to the shoulder lane, flipped over a median and landed in a ditch. Both of Lee’s legs were broken, and the children suffered minor injuries. Aganon served nine months in jail.

These may sound like unusually violent or rare incidents. However, studies from the AAA research arm show that at least 1,700 people are injured or killed in road rage incidents each year.

So who are these lunatics on the road? Are they normal people in their daily lives who convert to maniacs behind the wheel? Or is there a certain type of person who is more prone to go ballistic on the beltway?

Psychiatrists have an actual name for the kind of seething rage that goes beyond the speeding, tailgating, honking, or passing on the right that many aggressive drivers regularly do when they drive. People who experience road rage so violent that it leads to an assault against another driver, passenger, or car may be suffering from “intermittent explosive disorder” (IED), according to a report in the Archives of General Psychiatry. This disorder could affect up to 7 percent of the population, or about 16 million Americans over their lifetimes, according to the authors. This disease — the psychiatric disorder most closely linked to impulsive violence — usually begins in childhood or adolescence and includes repeated aggressive outbursts involving property destruction and/or injury over many years.

That’s not great news for those of us on the road. Although no agency keeps official statistics on road rage events across the country, reports of so-called “aggressive driving” incidents have increased by about 30 percent since 2010, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The “reasons” given for violent disputes that ended in injury or death include:

  • “He cut me off …”
  • “She wouldn’t let me pass …”
  • “It was an argument over a parking space …”
  • “Nobody gives me the finger …”

“The so-called ‘reasons’ for disputes are actually triggers,” an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report observes. “While the event that sparks the incident may be trivial, in every case there exists some reservoir of anger, hostility, or frustration.”

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