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« Just Asking

Speed bumper

By Kim Boccia (Contact)


Published June 20, 2013

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(In response to last week’s column)
This is apparently a very stinky issue, one I’m not willing to touch. I understand both sides. One side says it’s rude (true) and the other side says it’s not a law (true). I guess it’s circumstantial, but I’ll just stick with my small cubby!
Just saying…

Move your bumper
When I passed my written driving test at age 16, I was more surprised than anyone. As I’ve said before I’m not a master at retaining information. For example, remembering how many car lengths to stay away from another car was gone the minute I read it. It was a total surprise to me back then when my step-father told me to get out of the fast lane so the other cars can pass. I asked him, “Why, I’m going the speed limit, they can’t go faster than me anyway.” He gave me one of his looks that said, “Don’t ask questions, just do it.” So I moved over and cars flew past me, a lot of them actually.
As a more experienced driver in my 40s I understand it now. I still have a small problem with this whole “fast lane” thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a lover and a user of the fast lane, but I still have questions. If I’m driving a tad bit over the speed limit in the fast lane and someone is behind me, should I really have to move behind the three semi trucks so they can break the law even more than they already are? I mean honestly, when I can’t see their headlights because they are so far up my bumper, it’s obvious they don’t remember the car length rule either, hence the law tailgating.
I’m always in a hurry, due to my bad time management skills, but never enough to expect someone to break the law for me. I guess what I’m asking is do I reserve the right to use the fast lane at maximum allowed speed or do I move my “bumper” over so the break-neck speeder is happy?
Just asking…


Comments

1BillieRay(19 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Actually I have wondered about this as well. I have been in the fast lane driving 10 mph over the speed limit to get around some slower moving trucks and have had people right on my rear wanting to go faster. I always used the 10mph over rule as a speed I could most likely get away with without getting pulled over. I think cops really want to get the people speeding over 10 mph. I normally just try to get over to the right as soon as safely possible to let the 'braver' speeders get by me. It actually makes me feel better knowing if there are cops ahead these guys will get the tickets and not me.

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2UticaShale(854 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

"so far up my bumper?"

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3Bell123(1 comment)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

OMG! Thats the problem....I am from NY and when i moved here I could not believe the people that just casually drive in the left lane like its just anotehr path to get where they are heading. Its not the "Fast" lane, its the "Passing Lane" - you get in, you step on it, and you get back over.....trust me on this it will keep front bumbers out of your back bumpers Ohio!

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4paulydel(1293 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Kim, I am a former police officer and I hate to tell you this but your dad was right. Your car and other vehicles that are driven buy civilians and police officers alike do not have calibrated speedometers. There are laws in most states that if you have five or more vehicles behind you that you are impeeding the flow of traffic. Besides its more unsafe for people to pass on the right because that is your blind side. There is a saying that I read on a bumper sticker once that said "Either lead follow or get the he** out of the way" but a good rule of thumb to follow.

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