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Slow Driving Can Lead to Congestion, Aggresive Driving By Others, and More Accidents

Steve Wagner

Synopsis

  • Slow driving can be dangerous and lead to real traffic problems and contribute to accidents, especially if driving in the left lane.
  • If a left lane driver is operating at a speed lower than most traffic, faster drivers then have to slow down and drive more erratically.
  • Slow drivers also significantly raise drivers’ stress and can result in combative or aggressive driving and even instances of road rage which often triggers tailgating accidents.
  • In 2015, Indiana changed the pace for slow drivers when a law was passed requiring slower vehicles to stay out of the left lane or face the possibility of being ticketed.

Slow Drivers Trigger Aggressive Drivers

Slow driving actually presents a number of transportation issues and safety hazards. People who drive more than 10 mph under the speed limit force other drivers to pass them which can create a higher risk of accidents occurring for surrounding drivers. These types of traffic problems can result from a surprisingly small number of slow cars blocking traffic. Additionally, in more residential areas, slow driving can cause chain reactions of rapid braking which can lead to accidents and pile-ups. When drivers are traveling under the speed limit, it also significantly raises other drivers’ stress and can result in aggressive driving situations or even road rage.

Aggressive drivers will often tailgate a slow driver intentionally, out of anger or frustration. Tailgating creates increased risk of a rear-end collision, which is almost always most serious for the unsuspecting driver whose vehicle is rear-ended. And by the time a driver is intentionally tailgating another driver, we’ve likely crossed the line from aggressive driving into road rage territory. Road rage results in aggressive actions taken toward another driver, usually in anger and with the goal of frightening or intimidating the other person. In fact, AAA reports nearly 6 million drivers in the United States are likely to bump or ram your vehicle if angry on the road. Whether one is yelling at another driving, honking repeatedly to show frustration, gesturing angrily, or bumping other cars, it’s obvious that their attention is not focused on the road.

Left Lane Driving Laws

Indiana has cracked down on left lane drivers. In 2015, the state aimed for a change of pace when the legislature passed a law requiring slower vehicles to stay out of the left lane or face the possibility of being ticketed. The law focuses on keeping slower drivers from holding up lines of traffic with hopes to ultimately ease congestion on the highway. In addition, police do have discretion to pull over drivers they feel are creating a safety hazard. Other states have passed similar laws which target slow driving.

Please take the time to break the terrible habit of traveling in the left lane or driving too slowly for the flow of traffic, and share our message with your friends and family. It could save a life.

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