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Old 06-27-2012, 08:31 AM
 
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I'm going at the limit or maybe slightly above it (to keep up with traffic around me) in center lane. I change lanes b/c my exit is coming up. Some guy is barrelling down the right hand lane (going 20-30 above the limit) so fast that I can barely register him in my mirrors and honks at me for cutting him off. Come on, man!
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:38 AM
 
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I feel your "WTF?"

Happens nearly every night (from 10 p.m. on) on 395S near the lane entrance from Seminary on down toward the Mixing Bowl. Speeding like crazy, using the right-hand lane to pass people on the right. Of course, "our tax dollars NOT at work." Police around? Not a chance.
That's where I start to move over to the right lane because my exit is next.

Have had madmen/madwomen flash lights, honk, get very close -- and it's not like I've cut in front of them close -- they've been at least 25-30 car lengths back, before they kept speeding up.

And then they move over to the lane to the left! (And there are not just 3 lanes there.) Nope, they didn't really need to be in the right-hand lane -- they didn't get off at the exit -- they were just in a hurry. Or drunk. But they are definitely bullies, and the only thought I have is "They better have insurance!"

Guardian angels are sure having a busy time of it here!
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: White Plains, Maryland
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Just a couple of things.

Did you take a look before you switched lanes (and no not just in your mirrors) - Most do, just double checking... because I know the jerks that I think you are referencing, just gotta make sure everyone is aware of their surroundings.

Another thing.... one of my pet peeves is when people are cruising in the left lanes, and I am FORCED to pass them on the right. I HATE passing on the right... and I am by no means a speeder, I myself am often in the right lanes cruising at my speed, and if someone is going slower than me, I simply pass on the left, and get back over.
It is often dangerous for people to pass on the right - especially people as you say, randomly going at high rates of speed consistently in the right lane... not okay. But unfortunately I don't trust anyone, so if I see someone a little further back when I need to switch lanes... if they look like they are going fast, I don't trust em... people around here suck at driving hah.
But rules of the road state, left lane is for passing... if you are not passing anyone... GET OUT OF THE LEFT LANE! haha

But yes... DMV area is known for the crazy, rude, irrational drivers... many of which I can't stand. I seriously can't believe the driving test to get your drivers license around here though... just because someone can drive a straight line,back and forth, stop at a stop sign, and parallel park... DOES NOT mean they can drive!!! That definitely needs to be taken care of.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:49 AM
 
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When people do crazy stuff like, I like to think that maybe, just maybe they have intestinal flu and really, really need to get home to the bathroom. Makes me less agitated at them and gives me something to immaturely giggle about too. win-win.

But yeah, even if you look when switching lanes... or double look, it can be hard to judge just how fast someone is going--especially if they are going that much faster than the rest of traffic. It's not like you can stare into your mirrors and try to judge, you only get a quick glance and a split second to judge.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I hate driving in this area. The horn is used way too often (it should be solely for "You're about to do something dangerous, watch out!"). It scares the bejeezus out of me and it's not safe to be jumpy while driving.

Yesterday in Old town I was waiting to make a right hand turn on red. There were two lanes of traffic coming across, where the road turned into 3 lanes. Technically, you aren't supposed to change lanes in an intersection, so that third lane should have been clear for me to turn into. In reality though, we all know that's not the case, and oncoming traffic regularly enters that third lane (and as I was waiting the 30 seconds for clearance, I saw multiple cars do just that). SO, I waited until there was no oncoming traffic. The guy behind me was NOT happy, and started laying on his horn. So so so so so frustrating and unnecessary.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:17 AM
 
Location: White Plains, Maryland
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Very true to both of those........ and that's the case where if you done everything you can do to be responsible and safe.. and they still insist on...sucking at life... you laugh at them for being stupid... or... give a nice friendly honk back at them. Or there is a particular finger I see some people use quite often as well around here haha.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:23 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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But rules of the road state, left lane is for passing... if you are not passing anyone... GET OUT OF THE LEFT LANE!
YES YES YES.

Why do people not seem to understand this? Seriously, is it not taught in driver's ed anymore?

I'm a super-nice guy in person, but I speed regularly, in the left lane. I signal when I change lanes, and I do nothing but focus on the road when I'm driving. (No eating/drinking, no phoning.)

But if you're in the left lane, toodling along, that's when I get rude. Because you've earned it.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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Another thing.... one of my pet peeves is when people are cruising in the left lanes, and I am FORCED to pass them on the right. I HATE passing on the right... and I am by no means a speeder, I myself am often in the right lanes cruising at my speed, and if someone is going slower than me, I simply pass on the left, and get back over.
It is often dangerous for people to pass on the right - especially people as you say, randomly going at high rates of speed consistently in the right lane... not okay. But unfortunately I don't trust anyone, so if I see someone a little further back when I need to switch lanes... if they look like they are going fast, I don't trust em... people around here suck at driving hah.
But rules of the road state, left lane is for passing... if you are not passing anyone... GET OUT OF THE LEFT LANE! haha
Except in this area there are several left lane exits on high speed roads. It is annoying to ride the left lane, someone tail gates because the left is for passing. Not always unfortunately.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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That honk would be my cue to slow waaaaaaaaaaaaaay down...
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: White Plains, Maryland
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Except in this area there are several left lane exits on high speed roads. It is annoying to ride the left lane, someone tail gates because the left is for passing. Not always unfortunately.
Unfortunately because some not super bright people put left exits on high speed roads like that... doesn't change the rules of the road that the left lane still is for passing! And if you need to get into the left lane to turn or exit or whatever... you should be courteous of others and keep up with traffic at least. And in those non large highways etc... you after to turn from a left lane, slow down, etc. Just simply use your blinker to communicate with the folks driving around you.

If they are still crazy and a-holes when you are doing that... they are the type that will never be satisfied unless the road was clear and only they could be on it.... so that's when you just roll your eyes and go about your day haha.
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