SurveyIt's exasperating to be blocked by the turtle-drivers using the high speed lane.
      – BorgClown, 2009-05-16 at 02:52:54   (18 comments)

On 2009-05-16 at 03:01:26, BorgClown wrote...
I commute most of the time on a three-lane high-speed street, and it IRRITATES me so much when the stupid slow movers insist on using the high-speed lane, consequently slowing many cars to their level. To put it in context, Monterrey is a city overwhelmed by traffic, too little streets for so many cars. The street I refer to is called "Gonzalitos", a three-lane street usually congested on peak hours, although the high-speed lane could be OK since you can't exit it without changing to the lower speed lanes. But there are idiot uneducated drivers who insist on using the fast lane while on slow speeds. No amount of headlight-flashing or honking makes them understand they're severely obstructing the traffic. Or they just don't care.
On 2009-05-16 at 03:02:49, BorgClown wrote...
I've been more irritable than usual, and consequently I succumb to road rage easier. I'll make another topic to vent what's troubling me...
On 2009-05-16 at 10:08:43, Thelevellers wrote...
Heh, even though I don't drive, my brain wont let me excuse people from not understanding the most simple rules, especially when they obviously have so much benefit to everyone! Middle lane hogs are another classic example - the middle and fast lane (I never know if it's the outside or inside?!?!) are for overtaking (at least in Britain), if there is no-one slower than you in the slow lane, use that! I don't think I should learn to drive, I will quite possibly get very angry at all the other drivers!!
On 2009-05-16 at 16:18:09, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The problem is that the drivers in front of you are thinking the same way that you do, i.e. that the car in front of them ought to move out of the way. Logically, that would mean everyone should move over, including the person right at the front - possibly tens of cars in front of you. The people immediately in front of you aren't to blame for the car right at the front going slowly (although it may well still be going faster than cars in the slow lane, near to it, yet you see an empty slow lane because you're further back. The most important thing to remember is that even if you can, through your aggression, get the car in front to move over, it won't help you to get more than one more car-length further forward, saving you a fraction of a second on your journey. Tailgating the car in front won't make them go any faster, even if they in turn tailgate the car in front of them. (Indeed, I go slower when anyone tailgates me).
On 2009-05-17 at 20:37:17, Baslisks wrote...
I go the speed limit, no more no less. I keep to the slow or the mid lane, I try to keep out of the way and give other cars movement room.
On 2009-05-17 at 22:12:48, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The problem with moving over is that you know you won't be able to move back again. If there's a solid line of cars in the fast lane, and you end up behind a slower car, you cannot overtake it. Sticking to the fast lane, as most others are doing, is the optimal strategy.
On 2009-05-18 at 06:49:40, BorgClown wrote...
As a fast-lane regular, I try to be considerate to other fast-lane fellows. I start to harass a misplaced turtle-driver only when he/she is directly in front of me, and there's plenty of space in from of him/her (more than 30m for example). That space is to be used, not to obstruct it.
On 2009-05-18 at 07:20:21, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Sure, except if they're overtaking slower than you'd like then they still have a legitimate reason to be there. Although realistically, if you're tailgating someone and it's not having any effect then you're wasting your time and being a dangerous driver as well.
On 2009-05-19 at 02:29:08, BorgClown wrote...
Dangerous driver, yes, I know... It's a classic example of just enough resources. A car accident, a mechanical failure, a slow driver can affect tens or even hundreds of drivers. It is exasperating when the space is limited and a stupid turtle hogs the fast lane just for kicks, not overtaking. Those resource hogs cost lots of man-hours each day, and the funny part is that they don't lose their own time, but the time of others. Monterrey is badly urbanized. Madrid, for example, has aged very gracefully, well urbanized and ordered. Monterrey is a spoiled 400yo brat who can't wipe his ass properly.
On 2009-05-19 at 02:29:57, BorgClown wrote...
BTW, do you still have the only-for-the-queen lane?
On 2009-05-19 at 06:46:10, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't know what you mean. Realistically you're unlikely to gain much time on your journey even if you eliminate that driver. You'll still end up quickly finding yourself behind the next traffic queue, or waiting at a junction. Even if you save, say, 20 seconds, it would be better to drive in a more relaxed way and accept that the duration of your journey will be what it is. It is much more difficult to drive at or below the speed limit when you're running late, but the trick is to recognise that you can be better than the other drivers on the road and congratulate yourself for it.
On 2009-05-19 at 07:07:06, Baslisks wrote...
mmmm, electric taxis.
On 2009-05-20 at 03:39:00, BorgClown wrote...
Whoa, almost 8km of my 11km journey are on a fast road, where the high speed lane is uninterrupted by street lights, railroads, exits or crossroads. When a slow driver blocks the fast lane it can easily costs a few minutes each. I'm talking of the usual morons who are being passed by everyone on the middle-speed lane, yet they use the high-speed one all the time. If there were slow, medium, fast and pwned speed lines, these kind of morons would go straight to the pwned one just because they can. Sometimes I've wished of an automated traffic voting system, where you could tag the stupid drivers. If enough different drivers on different conditions tagged the same moron, he would lose a point from his license. Too early for the technology to be pervasive enough, but give it 10 or 15 years, and it might be developed.
On 2009-05-20 at 07:56:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
On our 3-lane motorways the lorries go in the slow lane, the slower drivers in the middle lane and the drivers-in-a-hurry in the fast lane. There's usually no problem when I've been on them, as even if everyone is sitting in the fast lane and the middle lane is empty they're still going too fast... and too close together. My commute is along a 2-lane A road, which suffers more from the problem you describe. The reason for sticking to a particular lane is often down to which lane you need to be in when you get to the end. On my way home, it's exasperating that the slow lane is filled with cars going straight on when I want to turn from that lane... so I have to go along on the right to overtake everyone, then cut in towards the end. On the way out, the opposite problem occurs where I have to sit in the fast lane because I need to be in it for my final turn-off and might not be able to move across at the end.
On 2009-05-20 at 08:24:10, BorgClown wrote...
Imagine lots and lots of cars. Picture them being driven by retarded angry spawns of hell. On a 40C heat. And on top of that, Satan is licking your ear while whispering naughty thoughts to distract you while you're driving left and right. Now you have a good idea what is like to drive in my city. Well, not really. Satan doesn't like to lick ears.
On 2009-05-20 at 22:19:13, Baslisks wrote...
The roads in St. louis are fucked up. They weave in and out of each other and are multilayered... Its just shitty. You can only truly drive these roads after a year. The city needs to catch on fire so we can start again.
On 2009-05-21 at 04:43:52, BorgClown wrote...
Give Gojira a call, he works for free.
On 2010-03-06 at 06:32:05, BorgClown wrote...
I hate ghost traffic http://abstrusegoose.com/247