I was driving to work today at about 73 mph (roughly 117 kph) in a 65 mph zone (in Iowa, you can go about 8 mph over the speed limit and be pretty sure that you’re not going to get pulled over) in the left hand lane (what we call the “fast” lane) when I come upon a little Chevy S10 going about 67 mph. This wouldn’t be so bad except that the person in the right hand lane (the slow lane) was going about the same speed. This didn’t make me too happy because I like to go fast, so I slowly got closer to the Chevy in order to hint that he needed to speed up a bit, but he just stayed at that speed. It’s times like these that I wish I was rich and had forklift forks on the front of my truck so that I could run stupid drivers off of the road, but that’s besides the point. After about 20 minutes of following this guy, I could finally go around him. I hate road rage, and I tried to stay as calm as possible, but this guy was just an idiot (and his bimbo companion was fixing her stupid hair the whole time), so I thought I’d put down in writing some simple courtesies that one should obey when driving to reduce road rage.
* DO NOT pass on the right hand side on highways and interstates. This reduces the chance you have of getting in someone’s right side blind spot (the biggest blind spot); this is especially true of semi’s (here’s an image of a semi’s blind spots… the yellow is their blind spot).
* If you must pass on the right, do it quickly and don’t dwell in a person’s blind spot. There have been many times I’ve almost hit someone because they were in my blind spot and I wanted to change lanes.
* When driving in the “fast” lane (in this case, the left hand lane) and someone comes up behind you going faster, get over into the slow lane (in this case, the right hand lane) as soon as possible. This reduces the chance that they will get in your right side blind spot, and keeps them moving (added bonus: if they are going really fast, hopefully they’ll get pulled over faster if you let them through, keeping the cops off of your back).
* DO NOT drive solely in the “fast” lane unless you are going considerably faster than the rest of the traffic; this frees up that lane for people going faster than you.
* REMEMBER: It’s hard to drive a semi. If a semi is trying to merge or get over, either get out of the way, or let him/her in. The universal sign for “All’s clear here, you can merge in” is to flash, your hi beams twice at the semi in front of you trying to merge into your lane. It really helps them since it’s hard for them to tell where you are in regards to the back end of the trailer they are pulling. Check out industrial auction hub for info on trucks and trailers handling.
* If there is a hold-up (accident, road construction, etc.) up ahead and a lane is closed, get over AS SOON AS YOU CAN; do not try to speed ahead in the lane that is going to be closed and merge at the last possible second. If someone is trying to get into your lane because of a hold-up, slow down a bit and let them in, unless they are the zipping ahead type, then close off all possible ways for them to get in (yeah, that’s not courteous, but they’re jerks).
This next one is one of the most important rules of the road:
* If the rest of traffic is going over the speed limit, it’s OK to go that speed rather than the speed limit. The cops are more likely to pull you over if you’re recklessly driving than if you are speeding along with everyone else.
That’s all I can think of for now. I may post some more later.