Thursday, May 14, 2009

Louisiana Rolling Roadblock!!

Okay just bare with me on this one. I have had enough and have always wanted to express myself on this matter. Being that I travel the Interstate system daily I have become more and more frustrated at the way others drive. The main gripe I have is those using the left lane, as I see it improperly. This has been called the Louisiana rolling Roadblock for years, and with just cause.

Let’s be clear this is not being directed at any particular group. Not racial, not age, not the truck services, not low dollar car drivers or even the high dollar drivers. Not even the cabbies, but I could go on for days about cabbies. This encompasses every single fool idiot that driver in the left lane 10 – 15 mph below the posted limits.

Let me give you some parameters that are known or should be know by all divers. On mutli lane roads, the first lane, right lane that is for merging traffic as well as the slower traffic. The center lane is the through lane, normal diving speeds and then there is the left. This lane was designed to be the Emergency lane, for all Emergency response vehicles, as well as the passing lane, faster driver’s lane.

That being said lets take a gander at some of the thing’s I have seen. Of course I only bitch due to the fact I drive fast most of the time, not excessively but faster than post limits. Which means I shoot straight over to the left lane to start the trip at a good pace. All is good until the next exit comes up, only to see another connoisseur of speed dart over to the lane ahead of me. Oh hell no he didn’t, yes he did. The gas pedal all of sudden no longer works in his car like a stealth bomber he was undetectable due to no light, but has slowed to a whooping 50 mph. Keeping just enough room in between the car in the middle lane so you can’t just switch and pass him on the inside. At these speed the entire city of Kenner rushing in to the Big Easy has swallowed us up like a hurt horse in the stretch. No where to go blocked in. Ease up on him, maybe to entice a lane change, nah but hey he does have brake lights now! Miles have passed then finally a break you shoot a round him like a sling shot. I myself don’t use the flashing light in the mirror out of respect knowing that this only makes me slam on my brakes. But I do give that head shaking glare as I time my return into his path narrowly missing his front bumper. Then it is speed time until the next idiot arrives.

We have all kinds of offenders that constantly perpetrate this heinous crime. So look out for them, I will list a few that I have encountered. First the ever popular white haired, old fogy that has zero reason to be in a moving vehicle of any kind at all. The young, look at me I just got my license, to busy chatting with everyone in the car. The sports car which by the way cost’s more than my yearly salary. They are way too good to be asked to move over. The hoopdie, which should only be under a pneumatic car crusher instead of being driven on the roads. With some thug at the wheel, and some form of sound blaring from the exterior speakers. The cabbie oh those cabbies that is all I have to say!! The service trucks that with its size, feels it can go where ever it wants. The every day Sunday driver, just slowly making its way forward to their destination. All of them are of course talking or texting while performing this feat. Now don’t drive up on them at a speed at or above the limits, since it makes them uncomfortable, you can tell this by the popular braking being done. Forget the fact there is no one in front of them. Or the turning of the head and yelling that is being done at you with some friendly hand gestures sent to show the love. Then the one that just gets my laughing so hard I can’t drive. After a 3 mile tailing, finally you get the break you need. Signal, change lanes, speed up. But wait the car which couldn’t go faster than 50 or change lanes suddenly explodes forward, those friendly hand gestures a waving. You having some restraint realize now you won’t make it unless you go about 90. Just back down and ease in behind the traffic and starting laughing and such a fantastic move by the other driver.

Sadly the only way I have found around this issue and to keep my road rage down. Is to now travel in the right lane at a higher speed average, slowing when on coming traffic hits, but since these fools are making a bee line to the left lane it clears quickly.

If only we could have spontaneous combusting laser guns, this whole thing could end rather quickly.


1 comment:

Becky said...

I feel ur pain. Corey has promised me tho that sumday we'll b rich enuf 2 afford any insurance rate, so I can jst ram any car w/ an idget 4 a driver. I so look forward 2 it. ;)