WTF?.....They Stay There, Move Up, Slide Back and Eventually Creep Ahead.

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WTF?.....They Stay There, Move Up, Slide Back and Eventually Creep Ahead.

I've got it. I finally figured it out. 

Have you ever noticed when you're traveling on a highway, the auto-route or even a turnpike, that there are drivers who you think are passing you but they take forever to do it? 

They come up behind you, get in the outside left lane and then creep up to pass you. And they move up and slide back or just stay there for mile after mile. Eventually they creep ahead of you and cut over because there is some one else on their tail.

I'm in New Jersey this week for a wedding.   So I've been doing a lot of driving on these highways.  I've sort of half noted this behavior before but I've seen a lot of it this week and I've finally figured out what is going on.

Now we all drive to meet our clients, to show and open houses and to inspections.  We have to be mobile for our livelihood.  So driving skills and behavior observation of other drivers is important to us.  So important that we don't actively think about it but we watch all the time.

We see things but maybe don't think about it, but in this case I've realized what's going on!  These drivers are passing on cruise control.

That's right!  They don't pull out, accelerate, pass you and get back in the lane again.  That's the way we were taught to pass.  That's the safe way.

They just leave it in cruise control and gradually creep past you at 60 to 70 miles an hour for mile after mile, basically an arms length away.

Do you think that's a safe practice?  Just think about what can happen if one of the eight tires has a blowout, hits something or bottoms out in a pothole.  And that's only the tires.

There are many other sudden mechanical breakdowns that can suddenly cause a sideways veer.

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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Welcome to Jersey... it could be worse, you could go to MA or NY or Miami...

May 26, 2011 11:51 AM #1
Suzanne Gantner
Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate - Round Rock, TX

These kind of drivers drive me crazy. Short trip though. They also do it when they get on the phone, slow done and talk, then they get off the phone and speed up again. I wish more people would wear a blue tooth. It would save alot of frustration.

May 26, 2011 11:51 AM #2
Jamie Woods
Home Savings of America - Hudson, NH

Ha! Try Rt. 128 in metro Boston!

May 26, 2011 11:56 AM #3
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Robert, I have that problem driving the QE2 to Calgary, (the straightest road on earth) but I'm on cruise control in the lane and someone will pass me and then decelerate and then I have to pass them. I want to patent a little green 'CC' that comes on in the window so people know you are on cruise control and if they pass, they have to maintain whatever speed they used to pass, because I will continue at this speed! I don't pass on cruise control, ever, mostly because I've had to brake to avoid the idiots who've got in front of me and slowed down! :D There are stories everywhere...

May 26, 2011 12:57 PM #4
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

You should come out here. It seems the fast lane is for the people on cruise control at 55mph. My advice: If traffic to your right is going faster than you are, you’re in the wrong lane. MOVE OVER to your right!

May 26, 2011 04:51 PM #5
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Morning Robert, I love cruse control, would not buy a vehicle without it.  When I am passing, I just put the peddle down and over ride the cruse, I do not want to be sitting in a 'danger' area.

Have a great trip and enjoy the wedding!  I hope the weather is in your favor!

May 27, 2011 01:43 AM #6
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Robert, I hate the driver that thinks they have rights to both sides of the road.  The bad part about it is this person gets into an accident I'll get hit too.

May 27, 2011 05:18 AM #7
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