Is just one of my pet peeves when people drive way below the speed limit on the left lane, you happen to have a slow motorist in front of you, a slow-poke tooting along on the left lane & here you are stuck behind 2 idiots!
It's all about being considerate. I chose not to 'cruise' in the left lane unless I'm passing people. Regardless of if the other person is speeding or not, it's courtesy to move over. There are even big signs all over that say 'Slower Traffic Keep Right' in block letters. Slower doesn't mean you ARE slow, it means you're going slower than another person. When someone is in the left lane and passing, I stay back. As soon as they should get over, I start edging up. Mostly people will move over, but if they don't I don't start honking and flashing my lights...usually. Although some people will move over with a quick flash. Of the headlights, that is.
I commute on a stretch of interstate that is under construction. The presently posted maximum speed is 55 MPH. The only lane that isn't bumpy is the left most lane. So I am there in the left lane doing the speed limit and see a lot of people upset. Some zoom around and cut me off. Some flash their lights repeatedly. One even honked their horn for a whole mile.
One night an SUV behind me flashed his lights and I ignored him like the rest. Then he turned on his bubbles to show he was a cop. As soon as I changed lanes he just turned off the bubbles and sped down the road.
Al Geezer - you need to get in the right lane, or move with the prevailing speed of traffic. You are the type of driver that I WILL pull in front of, and WILL test the reaction time of your brakes. That's my way of telling you that you have no business being in the left lane pissing off other motorists.
Oh yeah, because causing an accident is such a smart way of improving safety and teaching him a lesson. Just because he's an idiot for driving slowly in the fast lane doesn't make it right for you to compound the problem by endangering his life, yours, and that of other people on the freeway. I hope you get pulled over by the cops and given a good dressing down.
I think it's just common sense, courtesy, and self preservation. If the person behind you comes like a rolling penny down that third lane, it shouldn't matter to anybody else but the cop (if he ever gets caught, or when he gets caught), because that's their job. We can't tell if this person is having a real emergency and is speeding to get somewhere fast, the person may not even commonly drive in such manner, but this one occasion he/she had to drive faster. Or maybe is under the influence, trying to flea, or it's just an irresponsible driver. So I choose to get out of the way, let them pass, and hope there's no accidents... I have seen drivers get angry and retaliate with their vehicles towards someone who appeared to be oblivious to their fast approach, that was not a pretty picture at all! I thought there was going to be a pile up in the high way, when this guy pulled ahead of this lady on the middle lane (passed on the right) then went back in the left lane, and stepped on his brake so hard he almost came to a stop right there! :S
We live in a society where everone is only concerned about themselves. Some think that they can drive whatever speed they choose and who cares what effect it has on traffic. Then there are those people who think they have the right to tailgate, weave, not signal, etc... because "I'm inportant". I drive above the speed limit but do not tailgate people (usually makes them go slower) and if someone comes up behind me I get out of their way. The other problem is people don't keep their same speed on the highway. I use cruise control a lot. I always come up on people in the right lane going at least 5 mph faster than them, then when I signal and try to pass they speed up. It's probably mostly subconcious but man is it annoying. Or I'll do the same speed for miles and miles and contantly pass and get passed by the same people.