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Old 03-04-2012, 09:25 AM
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I'm from south Florida and have had to make a few Ft. Lauerdale to Orlando runs recently. Down here, it's considered proper for slower drivers to keep in the right lane so they do not clog the left lane and create congestion on the highway. There are even signs on the Florida Turnpike that read "Slower Traffic Keep Right".

Anyway, it's the heart of tourist season down here and I notice that most of the drivers that clog the left lane by going slower than the flow of cars are from northern states.

Is the "slower traffic keep right" practice just a Florida thing? Or do you northern folks prefer that as well?
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by dazigg View Post
Is the "slower traffic keep right" practice just a Florida thing? Or do you northern folks prefer that as well?
It's not a "practice"...it's the law.
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FWIW Here up North it's not heavilly enforced. If the Fl leo's wanted to, they could have a field day with the out of state snowbirds. I wish the leo's up here would enforce it more often.
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It's not just a northern thing. Cars in Memphis live in the left lane. Many get on a multi lane road and immediately pull into what used to be known as "the passing lane." Most don't even get the hint when passed by faster traffic on the right.
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http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201...r_left-la.html
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Originally Posted by hottoddie View Post
FWIW Here up North it's not heavilly enforced. If the Fl leo's wanted to, they could have a field day with the out of state snowbirds. I wish the leo's up here would enforce it more often.
How can they inforce it.. Alot of times the left lane is going 20 mph slower than the right or center lanes.. I can't imagine the tieups it would cause if everyone shifted lanes to be moving the quickest or slowest appropriate lane.. Maybe they should bring the counrty to a halt and make a law... you can not move faster than the car to your left

I betcha Massachussets is the first to try it.. Just think of the effeciency it could disrupt!
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It is not unique to north Florida, I drive quit a bit and see it all over the country. I think it is probably one of the leading causes of road rage, especially when 3 lanes of cars are all going the same speed, and the moron in the left lane refuses to speed up, and insists on holding up 10 cars behind him or her. When you finally get past them they are usually on their cell phone, and don't have a clue.
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If you're in town on a four lane the inside or left lane is the left turn lane, ( the lane you get in to make a left turn shortly ). If you are on the interstate the left lane is the passing lane, you should not be there unless you're passing or getting ready to, it is not the fast lane.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:31 AM
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Which is weird because I'm from NJ and usually we are fast drivers. I find its the slow stupid people on vacation. Did you know in NJ you can get a ticket for being in the left hand lane? ONLY the biggest DBag of a cop will write you that ticket. Its never enforced, its technically a passing lane only in NJ. Stupid ..slow people just stay to the right. I hate doing 80 then I hit the brakes coming to a car doing 60 in the fast lane and the speed limit is 70 WTF MOVE!!!
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Its the law here. You don't want to be going less than 75-80 in the left lane of I91 N in the Middletown area from 630 to 9 or 330 to 6 or you will be run off the road. After rush hours they start enforcing speed laws and lots of old farts and little foreign cars get in the left lanes and go the speed limit or slower. Ya just pass them on the right and carry on.
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In most of the "Yankee" states it's legal to pass on the right, now. That came about because there are too many jerks who'd drive in the left lanes just to slow everybody else, down. It looks like you've met some of them!
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Originally Posted by lobstercatcher View Post
How can they inforce it.. Alot of times the left lane is going 20 mph slower than the right or center lanes.. I can't imagine the tieups it would cause if everyone shifted lanes to be moving the quickest or slowest appropriate lane.. Maybe they should bring the counrty to a halt and make a law... you can not move faster than the car to your left

I betcha Massachussets is the first to try it.. Just think of the effeciency it could disrupt!
If people drove in the correct lanes, and kept right except to pass regardless of speed, the left lane wouldn't be moving 20mph slower in the first place...
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:26 AM
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Driving in the north is just a free for all... Eat or be eaten. No courtsey whatsoeverever. Left lane for passing only...those rules are always for the other guy.
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Originally Posted by JCM 1420 View Post
If people drove in the correct lanes, and kept right except to pass regardless of speed, the left lane wouldn't be moving 20mph slower in the first place...
I-64 and 95 in Va from Yorktown to Richmond is a good example of this.
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I love the first time I was in Boston during rush hour and a dozen cars passed me using the shoulder. That will scare the crap out of you if you're not expecting it.

As Boat Hound said "Free for all"..drive fast and take chances.
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My favorite is and RV passing an RV.

Takes 'em about 3 hours to pass.
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In the north we just pass around em on the right. No biggee.
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Its not a north thing, its a "road not big enough" thing.

Most often, there is someone in the right lane doing 50 in a 65, then the truck/RV/Boat doing 60 in the 65, guess what, he has to pass, so now you have 65 in the left lane, can't get up hill, trucker spills coffee on his hustler and before you know it, there is a mile long backup in the left lane.

Its more of a "summer" thing. When the RV's and Boats are not around, its usually clear sailing.

I drive all states and they are all the same.
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From a strictly legal angle....

When you are in the left lane doing 65, and the speed limit 65 what's the problem?
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Originally Posted by JCM 1420 View Post
If people drove in the correct lanes, and kept right except to pass regardless of speed, the left lane wouldn't be moving 20mph slower in the first place...
You would think that but it doesn't really work that way.. Unless there is relatively no traffic to begin with.. which then it doesn't matter. I passed a old timer doing 40 on the expressway last week. He was in the slow lane but that is really a obstruction when everyone else is doing 65/70 mph. So do you tell him to speed up so he can't control his car and cause a accident or do you let someone texting rear end him because they were... texting???? I'd say the old fart was doing a great job of gettin where he was going. I was sitting at a intersection red light and this elderly couple came around the corner at half speed realllllllllllll wideeee to the point my wife which was further than me from the on coming car got scared. At some point in those few seconds, the guy driving and my eyes crossed and at that time, I see he made the turn and is having a grand old time with his wife. cruising.. I gave him the hand jesture and he gave it right back. The jestures were a big tumbs up
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