Move Over!

I've posted in the past about my distaste for the slow drivers in the left lane.  I understand that gas is expensive and you are driving slower to increase mileage.  I get it because I'm doing it too.  Here's the thing though, I'm doing it without being a nuisance. I would love to just give these fools a piece of my mind.  If you are one of these idiots, then please take notice.


Photo courtesy of Burning Image

Apparently my tolerance for how slow I should be driving and your tolerance are different.  Other people have places to be and might want to drive faster than 10 under the speed limit.  When you drive slower, you belong in the right hand lanes.  Period.  The left hand lanes are meant for passing. It's more efficient that way, otherwise you are impeding traffic and keeping people behind you on the interstate longer.  This results in a larger traffic problem and is undoubtedly worse for the environment all because you were too inconsiderate to get out of the damn way.

That makes me feel better to be able to say this.  Since I spend about 2 hours of my day commuting, these types of issues have become a sore spot for me.  I loathe selfish people, and the road is full of them.  We're all just trying to get to where we need to be and do it safely.

Left Lane Book Club

I've been wanting to expand my Commuting Sucks post with a series covering the various types of drivers I encounter day in and day out.  I've been stuck because I really didn't know where to start.  Further more, there wasn't really any inspiration, that is until today. 

Today I encountered a slow driver in the left hand lanes.  These lanes are typically for the faster drivers.  You know, those who are actually doing the speed limit or slightly over.  It's better that the fast drivers stay left because the exits are on the right.  People in the fast lane need not worry about people slowing for an exit ramp or people coming to speed from an on ramp.  No, they need to be worried about the guy I saw today, we'll call him Jim.

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Commuting Sucks

I drive 32 miles to work one way which takes me approximately 45m - 1h 15m depending on road conditions, construction, etc.  Now I know that people drive longer distances or have commutes that take longer.  To those that do, I must say that you are insane. 

At first I didn't really mind the drive.  It gave me time.  I had time to explore the deep innards of who I really am.  It gave me time to cool off when I was upset and time to think intricate problems through.  It gave me approximately 2 hours per day of time.  That's 10 hours per week or 480 hours per year (discounting holidays,vacation, etc).  For those of your that care, that's 20 freaking days out of the year I spend sitting my ass in the car.  After driving this same route for 2.5 years, I'm out of things to think about. 

With all of this seat time, I get to witness strange things.  I've also grown to loathe certain attributes of some of my fellow commuters.  So, consider this my introduction to a series of posts I'd like to title "Rules of the Road".