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Posted by bwilson4web on September 13, 2011, 11:07 am

Saturday morning, the two lane roads in Alabama will have one or more,
battered pickup trucks running at 45 mph on the 55-60 mph posted roads
with a line of SUVs and 'City' pickups behind them. My favorite trick
is to find the pickup with a trailer full of lawn mowers and yard work
equipment or a delivery truck to use as pace vehicles. The other slow
vehicles have "handicap" tags.

The Prius does not force anyone to drive at any given speed. Speed is
the driver's choice.

As for following vehicles burning more fuel, again, that is their
choice. If someone is so silly as to tailgate and use "pulse and
brake," semi-aggressive style, well they can afford it. It is their
car, their gas, and their choice. If they don't want to  ever follow
slow cars, they should only drive between midnight and dawn . . . the
roads are free of other traffic.

Bob Wilson

Posted by bwilson4web on September 13, 2011, 11:56 am

Now I have a question for you.

My daily commute uses about 4-5 miles of the "Parkway" in Huntsville,
AL (use Google Street view to look at "4005 South Memorial Parkway,
Huntsville AL".) It consists of four lanes, 50 mph, divided highway
with limited access bounded on both sides with two-lane, 40 mph,
access roads. In the morning and evenings, I tend to use the access
roads, the slow lane, at 38 mph as this gives great Prius mileage. But
what about the pickups, SUVs, and cars that ride up within 20 ft., one

Usually I'll see them approaching at a high speed and regardless of
the left lane being free, they snuggle right up on my bumper and stay
there. So many times, I'll turn on my left turn signal, change lanes,
and to my amusement, they will accelerate down that lane . . . often
to take a turn half-way down the block in front.

So I'm following the rules of the road including staying in the right,
slow lane. I'm at actually at 40 mph due to the larger diameter tires
I'm using. Yet still, these jerks instead of 'passing the slow
traffic' prefer to tailgate my Prius.

Do you approve of such driving behavior by these drivers?


1) We are both on the 40 mph access road.
2) I'm in the right-most, slow lane at 40 mph.
3) The left lane is clear, no traffic.
4) The speeding, following traffic does not pass me on the left but

As an experiment, I've slipped the car into "N" to let the car coast
to slower speeds just to find out at what speed they would 'get a
clue' and pass me. I've been as slow as 30 mph before they finally
turned on their blinker and passed.

Bob Wilson

Posted by News on September 13, 2011, 1:35 pm
 On 9/13/2011 7:56 AM, bwilson4web wrote:

traffic condition. This lady driving a Prius . . .

You're suggesting they should have jinked left, passed, then cut you off
to make the exit?  The example being from the US South, I would have
expected the ever-present bull-bars to be involved.  Make way...

Posted by bwilson4web on September 14, 2011, 1:20 pm
As they pass me and change lanes, we "scissor" as I  check my left and
change into the now free lane at the same time . . . often without
losing any speed. As soon as I pass them, I change back since their
turn blocks the right lane. A thing of beauty, it takes skill and is
quite enjoyable. Good drivers monitor the rear view mirrors nearly as
much as the front.

Bob Wilson

Posted by Leftie on September 15, 2011, 9:40 am
 bwilson4web wrote:

    If the exit is so close that someone will have to cut you off after
passing you to take it, there is no reason for them to pass you in the
first place. The freeways have become grade school playgrounds, I'm afraid.

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