The Dawdling Lane - And Response (3)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


An Autobahn in Tennessee would be a wonderful thing but I’m sure the nannies in our state would never allow it. You know, Roy, someone might enjoy driving again and we simply can’t have that.

However I do think you’re onto something as far as the lane thing goes.

I was taught by my dad years ago that “the left lane is for passing and the right lane is for driving.”

When did that idea fall by the wayside?

Any time I drive Hixson Pike or any other multi-lane roadway around here, I’m constantly forced to pass other drivers who are dawdling along in the left lane by passing them in the right.

You know these people, the ones for whom no one else is on the road, for whom the left lane is the text- or talk-while-driving lane or the daydream at 40 miles per hour lane.

These people are also the ones who feel its their duty to make sure everyone else behind them drives “safely” by matching speed with the car on the right and then give you the “bird” finger when finally in anger and desperation you push them out of the way by tailgating them and flashing your lights.

I see these people every day and, while I’m sure some of them get a vicarious thrill out of making folks like me angry, most of them are simply oblivious to anyone else and have no clue what they’re doing.

So, Roy, while I agree with you and it would be fun to run my wife’s G35 down the interstate at 100+ miles per hour, I don’t see it ever happening.

Ninety nine percent of the drivers around here can’t drive 60 and chew gum at the same time.

John T. Sanders

You know who you are.

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Chattanooga already has an autobahn! There is no signage posted. The roadways I'm referring to are I-75, Highway 153, I-24 and Highway 27.

Several experienced truckers have told me that they mostly prefer the center lanes. It affords them the best options in many ways. Right lanes often turn into exits and splits, etc.

Years ago, every interstate and 4 lane highway was posted with "Slower Traffic Keep Right" signs every few miles.This was years before the speed limits were lowered.

If anyone wants to drive well over the posted speed limits, that is their right, but they may have to go around me.I may be in the left lane out of necessity, not choice. I may be driving the speed limit or 5 MPH or 10 MPH over the posted speed limit. However, I won't be driving 75 MPH and 80 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.

Yes, you can drive as fast as you want, but if you cause an accident, what will your excuse be? Auto makers continually tout the safety of their vehicles, knowing that a high speed accident can be deadly regardless of the make and model of the car.

If you are playing Mario Andretti in the left lane, and you come up behind a dark blue Chrysler with a Tennessee handicap tag [driving the posted speed limit], you may be delayed.No apology offered from this driver.

Ted Ladd
East Ridge 

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I've been watching left-lane-itis for many years. I've watched drivers enter from a side street and immediately get in the left lane for no reason.   

I'm not sure if I've ever seen Ted, but I've seen plenty like him. In case you wonder Ted, if a blue Honda Accord is on your tail while you've been pacing the car beside you for the last four miles and he finally gets a chance to pass, that salute I give you means I think you are "number one" in my book. 

Herb Montgomery

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What is it about a speed limit that is so difficult to understand?  It’s the law and it applies to both lanes.  There is a safety problem with people going below the posted limit as well as above it.    I will drive approximately five miles per hour above the posted limit to try to ‘stay with the flow.'  

Issuing $300 tickets for those going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit on Highway 153, I-75, I-24 and Hixson Pike could probably support our state and pay off the national debt. 

If you want to go 60 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone that is not my problem.   However, there is a reason for posted speeds.  It’s called safety for all of us.  

Pat Stewart

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