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[–] 1HepCat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The car is not the problem. I believe @M346 is referring to drivers who move into the left lane prior to achieving the requisite speed.

If you stay in the right lane, the only problem would be if there are already cars in both lanes and you force the ones in the right lane in front of those in the left. You can try to minimize this case by staying on the shoulder or reducing your already low acceleration to allow the slightly faster drivers in the right lane to pass you. Sometimes, though, it's just tough noogies and there's nothing you can do about the inordinate timing of it all.

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[–] i_scream_trucks 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

There are two reasons someone on the road isnt doing the speed limit.

  1. Their vehicle wont safely do the speed limit in which case it is an unroadworthy vehicle and probably not legal.

  2. The driver doesnt feel safe enough to do the speed limit and is therefore... an unroadworthy driver.

Which one is more dangerous?

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[–] 1HepCat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I agree that overly slow drivers are generally more dangerous than faster drivers--their presence on the road is like a giant boulder in the middle of a structure intended to convey greater distance in less time (speed).

On the other hand, an ideal road should accommodate a variety of 'preferred' speeds. E.g., DeliciousOnions may prefer a slower car if that means he doesn't have to pay for a newer/faster one. Of course there are limits and society probably shouldn't add 100 lanes to every road just so extreme outliers can have the same access. But, depending on the particular road, 55 MPH might be fine if the driver accepts that they shouldn't try to force their minority preference on the majority of other drivers. In other cases, where the main trunk is too crowded and moving significantly faster, the slower driver should accept a slightly longer route via side roads--by definition they've chosen longer trip times over other alternatives and should accept the extended outcomes of their decision.

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[–] WhiteRonin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Using the zipper technique helps a lot!