Travel, whacky blog server and idiot drivers

I traveled over the last few days (the reason for no posts!) and just got home.  My Blog Server was acting flakey – I don’t know exactly what’s up with it (I’ll look tomorrow – I’m tired right now!)

And as for idiot drivers – (and if this applies to you, I AM talking to you!) THE LEFT LANE IS FOR PASSING.  JUST BECAUSE YOU CHOOSE TO TRAVEL AT 10 MPH LESS THAN THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT DOESN’T GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO BLOCK ME FROM DOING THE SPEED LIMIT!

Ok, end of idiot driver rant :)  Hopefully tomorrow I can most a little bit about my trip.  It was fun, but long – and it’s good to get back home!

Comments

  1. So I guess in Texas “Passing on right prohibited except on one-way roadways” allows for passing on the right on an Interstate, since you are essentially on a one way road…

    BUT – that’s not quite true, as the statute states:

    PASSING TO THE RIGHT. (a) An operator may pass
    to the right of another vehicle only if conditions permit safely
    passing to the right and:
    (1) the vehicle being passed is making or about to make a left turn; and
    (2) the operator s:
    (A) on a highway having unobstructed pavement not occupied by parked vehicles and sufficient width for two or more lines of moving vehicles in each direction; or
    (B) on a one-way street or on a roadway having traffic restricted to one direction of movement and the roadway is free from obstructions and wide enough for two or more lines of
    moving vehicles.

    The “ANDs” in there get you – unless the vehicle in the left lane is turning left, you can’t pass on the right…

  2. I see, so it’s state dependent.
    Here’s for instance the Californian rule (on highways it’s usually legal): http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21754.htm

    This sums it all up nicely:
    http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/right.html

    So much for standardization… 😉

  3. passing on the right is illegal in almost every state – even on the Interstate. Not yielding to faster vehicles is also illegal in almost every state. In Texas, slower traffic must move to the right, and the left lane is considered the passing lane.

    That being said, I’ve never heard of anyone who got ticketed for passing in the right lane on the Interstate

  4. My European visitors are always amazed that it’s legal in the States to pass cars on a highway on the RIGHT.
    I then explain to them, just as it was explained to me when I first came here: “You pick a lane, and you stay in it .. and you can pass cars on any side you like”.
    Is this not true? I know, more and more often I see signs saying “slower traffic keep right”, but is this now the rule (as in ‘law’)? I know people who get mad when they are being passed on the right .. Does anyone know what the official rules are?

  5. Which is one of the reasons I travel only by cycle:D