Yes, yes, yes! I cannot agree with this more!
I lived in Europe for seven years, and the first thing I noticed when I got back to America — besides the outrageous enormity of American vehicles — was that slow people wouldn’t get out of the damn passing lane. It is absolutely inexcusable.
And, NO!!! Just because the speed limit is 55 doesn’t mean you can drive in the left lane and delay the rest of the world because you’re driving 55, and you’re legal and screw the 100 cars behind you filled with people who ACTUALLY HAVE PLACES TO GO!!!
Yes. I speed. And when I’m caught, I just take the ticket because I know I speed. And if I wasn’t speeding, I’ll take the ticket anyway, because I know I was speeding somewhere along the way.
But those of you who block traffic by driving the limit aren’t cops and aren’t doing the world a favor. You’re disasters waiting to happen. That’s the reason there are so many people in graves with headstones marked, “I was driving the limit.”
That reference to the Autobahn in Germany: absolutely true. I’ve taken the Autobahn on many trips between Belgium and Germany, and when I hit the German border, I absolutely gunned it. Great roads, perfect driving conditions.
I remember numerous times going 110 miles per hour (Yes, mph, not kph, even though the speedometers in Europe are in kilometers), or more in my little Volkswagen Polo, and I had to move out of the fast lane, BECAUSE SOMEONE BEHIND ME IN A MERCEDES WAS DOING 130!!! And it was perfectly normal, and traffic flowed fine. Because people understand what a passing lane is in Europe.
You do 110 or 130 in America, you’re going to die …
… BECAUSE SOME IDIOT IS DRIVING 55 IN THE FAST LANE.
You really can’t imagine how annoyed I get when I’m on the road. Especially when there’s a car in the fast lane doing 55, while the cars in the slow lane are doing 54. If you’re in the passing lane, PASS FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!!! The longer you linger, the greater the possibility you’re going to cause a 50 car pileup.
And this is why, since I’ve been back in America, I avoid driving whenever possible.