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We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road: they get run over.”   —   Aneurin Bevan

(I guess they didn’t have three-lane highways when he said this!  Most people, who were actually taught how to drive, know that, as a general rule, you stay to the right except while passing.  If you’re a Brit, Japanese, etc. just reverse this.  This simple standard goes back to the two-lane, and even single lane days, but you should *ideally* still follow this driving – and walking – rationale/principle, today.  When people adhere to this, the roads – and/or the sidewalks –  are much more efficient, safer AND civil.  Slower traffic belongs in the right lanes.  If/when you need to drive faster than the car ahead of you, then you pass them on the left, then return to the right lane, to allow someone else – who needs to go faster than you – the opportunity of utilizing the left lane.  When using the left lane you should yield to the driver who has the need – regardless of the legal speed limit – to drive faster.  Problems arise when someone gets in the left lane, and stays there, and refuses to yield to the faster driver.  Sometimes it’s just laziness, other times it’s a kind of stubbornness, that cause some drivers to stay in the left lane, even though they are not passing anyone.  Some people imagine that they are somehow “enforcing the law” by not yielding, but what they are actually doing is putting everyone on the road at greater risk, by forcing the other driver to tailgate, weave or pass on the right.  This kind of passive-aggressive behavior might make you technically/legally within your rights, but it could also make you and/or others on the road actually dead.  It’s not just speed that kills, people.  It’s not rocket science, it’s just common sense.  Our forefathers knew what they were doing when they established these rules.  Leave the speed enforcement up to the police/troopers.  They are the law professionals.  We don’t want anyone on the road ending up as an injury/fatality statistic.  Be aware and be sensible, friends.)   —   YUR

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