Add Flagging Stations to U.S. Interstates to Blue Flag Left Lane Cruisers
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The left lane is for passing and slower traffic should keep right. It’s one of the first things you learn when you get your driver’s license, yet so many drivers forget it or don’t understand it. Here’s a detailed explanation for why this simple rule is so important.
In a video from the Vox YouTube channel, they explain why driving in the left lane is not only more dangerous for you, but more dangerous for others around you in addition to making traffic much worse. When slow drivers are in both the right and left lanes of a highway, faster drivers have to weave back and forth to maintain their speed. And as it turns out, the biggest predictor of an accident is actually a driver’s variance from the average speed of traffic around it, not speeding. That means all that slowing down, weaving between lanes, and speeding up by fast drivers to get around slow drivers is what causes the most car accidents.
In fact, a car in the left lane going 5 mph slower than the flow of traffic is far more likely to cause an accident than a car going 5 mph faster—even if the slower car is already going the speed limit. That’s why so many states have laws regarding left lanes as passing only. And many state highway patrol agencies, including Washington, Texas, and Ohio, are starting to crack down on drivers who don’t move over.
In motor racing we have Flagging Stations. If a faster car is approaching, the slow car will be shown a blue flag and be required to let the faster car through.
There is no reason we can’t apply the same principal to our interstates, weather it be actual Flagging Stations or light up boards to alert drivers.
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