Lane courtesy is the simple idea that slower traffic should use the right lane, and that the left lane be used for passing, not cruising. A common misconception is that driving slower will help regulate fast drivers and reduce traffic accidents. But research has shown that the changing of lanes frequently and an increase in the variations of speed lead to higher involvement in accidents.
Here are the four key benefits of practicing lane courtesy described by the National Motorist Association.
- Decrease in accidents. Traffic moving smoothly, without tailgating, road rage, weaving from one lane to another, the chances of an accident will decrease.
- Better gas mileage. Less breaking and accelerating will improve your gas mileage.
- Less time on the road. Yielding to faster traffic will reduce congestions and traffic jams.
- No more road rage. Being courteous and moving over for faster traffic will decrease the stress and conflict that can be found on the road.
Most states have some type of law that restricts driving in the left lane. The ones that don’t, still say that slower traffic should stay right. Do you know what the law is in your state? Share with us in the comments your left lane courtesy stories!