Don't know if you have seen this, but a nice idea for a new law. Get the
lane blockers out of the way.
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I know I used to get tired of such problems, following someone who had
simply gotten lonely and pulled up next to the other guy, both doing the
same speed or about 10 mph slower than the flow of traffic.
I think I read that doesn't take affect until July 1. Too bad they don't do
that here in Missouri. Of course, we do have the old "keep right except to
pass" law that no one ever enforces. There is (was) still a law on the
books that you had to sound your horn when overtaking another vehicle. It
dates back to the '30s I think. I have done just that on rare occasion, and
I can tell you, it gets the attention of those you are passing.
The traffic though frequently isn't all that bad here. I was over in
Illinois near Wood River a couple of weeks ago and had to get down to Fenton
in a hurry. Even with the road work on I44 up to Kingshighway, I managed to
get out Hwy 30 in about an hour.
That's one thing I always found difficult in South Florida and in Orlando.
Although millions of people, but you essentially have two roads north and
south in South Florida - I95 and the turnpike. In Orlando, the East-West
actually goes east and west, I4 East and West actually goes north and south,
and the turnpike is a good way to avoid most of Orlando. There is no real
way to get anywhere such as the airport up to Maitland or Apopka down to
Disney. There are roads, but they are ground level and jammed with store
traffic and residential access.
That's not a good practice for overtaking a vehicle in the left lane. If
you're behind someone in the left lane, you beep then try to pass on the
right, they will often pull over right as you are trying to pass.
Hey, it's the law. I was "required" to do it. (What do I need, a giant
smiley face here?)
I remember a few of us where I worked at the time going out honking when we
passed like "required" by law just for grins. Obviously a law not set in
modern day driving. Can you imagine a typical multilane urban highway with
normal commuter traffic and people honking as required by law? We'd all go
deaf from all the noise.
LOL I remember that was on the driving tests when I was in High School
in the early 70's.
Toot the horn twice to pass. Now a Days you would have people flipping
you off or pointing
their Glocks at you!!!
Tom in Missouri wrote:
I really think there should be two horns on the car. One cute and one
aggressive. I haven't gotten around to it yet but I bought a factory
original horn from the Plymouth Road Runner. It sounds just like the
Roadrunner cartoon character. I would think that a little Beep Beep would
get the job done without inducing road rage. In Europe they flash their
A friend related this story to me once:
A friend of mine used to work for a fence company. Typical south Florida
white 1 ton flatbeds were what they used like everyone else. He was riding
with another guy and some idiot in a Firebird is hogging the left lane so
the driver begins to get right on his tail. Firebird idiot begins the brake
light flashing but the truck doesn't move from getting closer. So the
Firebird does the typical 1 second brake lock to scare him, but the truck
driver is not the ordinary driver - he hits him. And hits him again. Finally
knocks him off on the shoulder and keeps on going, both drivers saluting
with the international gesture of brotherhood.
My friend is going nuts, expects the cops any second, and so on. The driver
says, "Hey, there must be 1 million beat up white 1 ton flatbeds here in
South Florida. How are they going to find me?"
There is a "Slow Poke" law in MO. It says you can be ticketed for causing
traffic backups by going less than the posted speed on 2 lane highways. For
multi-lane, it is failure to yield to faster traffic/improper lane usage, no
I have never seen it enforced tho.
They get too hemmed up in front a flash of wig-wag gets them to move.
Be careful don't get caught with these.
My biggest peeve is someone who passes then pulls in front of you with
no traffic behind them, only to slow down. Jeez I've only had the
cruise set at 72 for 280 miles!
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