If you tend to drive slowly in the left lane, then take note. At best, you’re creating more traffic. At worst, you’re increasing the chances of an accident. That’s what research indicates. And that’s why the authorities are now trying to discourage the practice. Above, you can watch a quick public service announcement from Vox. Read more on the cons of left-lane driving here.
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This story & video seem to be everywhere lately. A little perspective on this video, which purports to show why driving slowly in the left lane causes a serious accident.
1. The driver in the left lane was not driving slowly. The speed limit for that road is 70 mph and the pickup is going 69.38 mph. Check the timing between the visible mileposts.
2. The pickup was passing in the passing lane. In the beginning of the sequence, the camaro tries to pull out directly into the side of the pickup as the pickup passes him.
3. Later, the pickup is obviously passing the truck when the camaro, who is tailgating the pickup, pulls onto the left shoulder, past the pickup, and then back into the lane, striking the pickup in the front driver’s fender.
4. The driver of the camaro was arrested for driving drunk. Well after the accident, his blood alcohol was measured at 0.19, 2 and 1/2 times the legal limit.
So, how does this video demonstrate the danger of driving slowly in the passing lane?