Why You Shouldn’t Drive Slowly in the Left Traffic Lane

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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  • Peter says:

    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?

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