Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Life in the not really fast lane.

I'm kind of hoping someone might know the answer to this one, as well.

Circumstances have come together in such a way that, for the time being, you are currently the only vehicle travelling along your side of a three-lane highway. You are driving in the middle lane. There is a car approaching the highway on a side road. The other car stops, then enters the highway.

Why, then, does the driver of the other vehicle feel that the only lane he can drive in is the one that you're already in? And why does he then slow down to 20 kilometres per hour below the speed limit, forcing you to change lanes to go past him?

Any suggestions would be gratefully accepted.


Gina E. said...

Because he is a f----n moron. That's the only rational reason.

Gargoyle said...

I might try to rationalise this one...
I think people (particularly inexperienced, distracted or tired drivers) tend to involuntarily steer at whatever they are focussed on. You watch a learner driver when there are cyclists on the side of the road, they lock their eyes on the cyclist (probably saying to themselves,"Don't hit the cyclist, don't hit...") and their steering wheels get drawn by some kind of mental magnetism towards the bike!
Another example is when people are waiting in traffic to turn right across to path of oncoming traffic. They invariably steer towards the space in front of the vehicle that is at the end of the gap, rather than that just ahead of the gap. This pisses me off totally!

Crookedpaw said...

A good explanation, but I hate to think that there are that many tired or inexperienced drivers out there.