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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Fact: (based on my personal observation) (In the US) the lanes to the left are passing lanes. If even ONE car passes you on the right, you should move over to the right lane and let the faster traffic pass you on the _left_.

    This prevents you, the slower driver, from being an impedance to traffic, frustrating other drivers, and causing them to make stupid, often drastic descisions while driving.

    if someone in front of you is driving too slow for you, pass them on the left and then _return_ to your original lane.

    HOWEVER, if you choose to do this, you *must* respect the flow of traffic IN THAT LANE and adjust your speed to that of the drivers IN that lane, or YOU are now the traffic impedant instead of the guy you were trying to pass.

    If I had a dime for every stupid driver I've seen here in Delaware local traffic, along I-95 between Baltimore and Newark NJ, and during my brief stint in California, I'd be richer than Bill Gates.
    • In the UK the inside lane is the driving lane, the middle and outside lanes (and any other outer lanes for carriageways more than 3 lanes wide) are overtaking lanes. It states this in the Highway Code book that all drivers are supposed to read before passing their test. It's also illegal to undertake (passing in a nearside lane).

      About 10 years ago there was a trial by Warwickshire police to fine roadhogging offenders on the M40, for driving without due care and attention to other road users. It appeared t