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What is the best way to deal with people who drive slower in the fast lane or him as though he's in the path of an oncoming train, and he will get out of the way .
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Slower drivers are responsible for getting out of the way. I say everyone should drive the speed limit, period. The law says slower traffic must keep to the right — but that generally doesn't give speeder the right to bully anyone into unsafe driving, according to driving experts. It has nothing to do with safe driving.
We need to adjust what we're doing to the situation," says Rachel Hesson-Bolton, manager of educational development with Young Drivers of Canada.
In most of Canada, passing is allowed on both sides. The law doesn't specifically state that the left lane for passing only — just that slower cars should move to the right. You can still be ticketed for blocking the left lane or blocking another vehicle from passing, even if you're going the speed limit. The goal is to balance speed with maintaining the flow of traffic. But there are times when drivers aren't deliberately blocking the flow of traffic but they still can't instantly move safely out of the way to let traffic pass — there might be a car beside them or they may need to take a left turn at an upcoming intersection.
If the driver in front of you is going slower than you'd like in the left lane, they may have a reason, Hesson-Bolton says. We don't know the situation with the driver in front of us," she says. Or it could be raining and if I go any faster, I'll hydroplane. In Hesson-Bolton's case, speeding to appease a tailgater could get her instructor's license suspended. In Quebec, where passing on the right is illegal, the left lane is for passing only, according to provincial police.
Left lane etiquette and tailgating consequences - The Globe and Mail
Del Prado says going the speed limit when someone is too close to you in the left lane is not the answer — the car behind you can't legally pass you on the right. Generally, the legislation doesn't define tailgating by giving a specific distance — it usually uses words like 'reasonable distance.
For example, Quebec provincial police suggest keeping a minimum of three vehicle lengths from the car in front of you, depending on the conditions. Saskatchewan Government Insurance suggests three seconds between vehicles, while the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia suggests two seconds. And those distances should increase if the conditions are lousy or if you're following a motorcycle or a large vehicle.
In Alberta, following too closely is the number-one driver action that results in collisions, year after year, Bancarz says. Fines for following too closely vary. If you can't safely get out of driver's way without speeding, maintain your way and they'll go around you, says Brian Smiley, spokesman with Manitoba Public Insurance. There's peer pressure to go faster. But you're entitled to do the speed limit," Smiley says. Hesson-Bolton says she has no choice but to slow down if someone is following her too closely and she can't safely get out of their way.
Not much, maybe a kilometre or two an hour," she says.
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If they get too close I'll slow down again and they'll figure out 'If I stay farther away from this person, she'll go faster. If you have any driving queries for Jason, send him a message at globedrive globeandmail. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way.
Click here to subscribe. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters globeandmail. Do you stick to the left because it's going just a little bit faster than the traffic in the right lane? If people are passing you on the right, then you're not going with the flow of traffic and you're in the wrong lane.
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Another reason to switch to the left? If you can't see what's in the lane ahead of you, DiCicco said.
Is the left lane just reserved for passing?
If you are in the left lane and there's a car on your tail, get out of the way when you safely can — even if that car's breaking the speed limit, DiCicco said. But switching to the safest lane occasionally is lot different than constantly weaving in and out of lanes to try to get wherever you're going faster, DiCicco said. So, people on a 1,kilometre journey may end up saving like 13 minutes — but doing three times as much braking and three times as many lane changes.
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