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Flag: "LANE ENDS" means what to you?

4CE-G66 Maryland
Friday, August 03, 2007
MD 4CE-G66
Red TOYOTA  Camry
College Park, Maryland


495 East, College Park, Right after the Rt 1 Exit. The Right Lane ends. There are MANY signs to this effect. It's not a new traffic pattern.... It's been like this since the Beginning of Time. You were traveling in the soon-to-end right lane for a while. The idea is to merge left before the lane ends. Not to continue driving in the breakdown lane until you complete the pass that you could have completed safely by moving to the EMPTY lane to my left. I honked... You slowed down to about 35 in a typical passive aggressive move. I wrote down your license plate number. You then proceeded to move to the far left lane, and block traffic there. Bravo. Thank you for demonstrating to America your 3rd world driving skillz. The Beltway wouldn't be the same without you.


Posted by 3b2c on Friday, August 03, 2007

To some people, "Lane Ends" means pass as many cars as you can, because someone will most likely let you in line way up ahead. If people did not let these people in line, or if a cop were there writing tickets and making the people wait about 20 extra minutes, perhaps it wouldn't happen as much.

Posted by husmooth on Friday, August 03, 2007

I travel the beltway almost everyday, there's always a hero out there who wants to pass everyone in the breakdown lane. I think the only reason to stay in the breakdown lane until it ends is if there is bumper-to-bumper traffic in the next lane.

Posted by max power on Friday, August 03, 2007

"The Beltway wouldn't be the same without you."

Ahhh... the beltway without him... I can picture it now: traffic flowing like children around a maypool, with unicorns grazing in the median and a rainbow over the 270 merge, people signalling and slower traffic staying right, exiting from exit lanes and no cell phones to be seen... I'm so there.

I had a similar incident yesterday at a very similar trouble spot in DC, which I filed in the DC blog area:

Posted by dw2121 on Friday, August 03, 2007

Little do these idiots know that if they would get in line slowly but surely, the traffic in NoVA would not be so bad, but they are SPECIAL I GUESS!!!

Posted by badmark on Friday, August 03, 2007

Ah, The Lane Racers! Yes, traffic here in NoVA and the rest of the country for that matter, would be oh so much nicer if people didn't feel the need to try and outrun everyone. I particularly deal with it everyday on 7 heading towards Tysons from Sterling, everyone knows the lanes are reduced to 2 from 3, yet they all insist on backing traffic up, just to get a car length or two ahead!

Posted by atleastdothespeedlimit on Friday, August 03, 2007

Husmooth, so you'd stay in the breakdown lane until it ends if it's bumper to bumper traffic? So what you're saying is that you drive past all those people that were smart enough to get over earlier. No, you're not part of the problem AT ALL!! FYI - I don't let people like you in.

Posted by husmooth on Friday, August 03, 2007

Atleastdothespeedlimit, what I'm saying is that there's no room to merge if traffic is sitting still while I'm moving. Besides, I'd get in.

Posted by atleastdothespeedlimit on Friday, August 03, 2007

Why would you wait until that point to get over? Don't you realize this situation is exactly what causes traffic jams when there is a lane reduction? If everybody would get over prior to the reduction there wouldn't be a problem! If it sneaks up on you and you can't help it then I guess I understand. But if you do it all the time then there's no excuse.

Posted by DarwinFilter on Friday, August 03, 2007

What you do is find somebody paying attention, make eye contact, and then pace them... effectively diallowing anyone behind you to race up to the merge point and create a traffic jam there. Usually, once peopel see that... they merge in early... your 'buddy' pauses to let you in, and life is good. 18 wheelers do it all the time.

Posted by DarwinFilter on Friday, August 03, 2007

The problem with this guy is that he wasn't racing. I had crept past him a bit earlier, and was about 8 lengths ahead when the lane markers went to the short dots, meaning the lane was about to expire. That's when he decided he needed to pass me.

Posted by atleastdothespeedlimit on Friday, August 03, 2007

I see big rigs doing this and sometimes I wish I drove one so I could too! I just don't know why some people think they're special and they don't have to be inconvenienced by a merge like us mere mortals.

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