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Why can’t you drive slowly in the left lane?

Nov 10, 2022 | Personal Injury

When you’re driving down the interstate, you may see a sign that says that you need to keep to the right unless you’re going to pass. Anytime that you are passing, you can drive in the left lane, but you’re not allowed to use it for anything else. One exception may be if there’s an exit on the left, but this is rare.

Even so, you will often see drivers camp out in the left lane, driving slowly and blocking traffic. This is frustrating if you’re one of the drivers behind them, but it’s also dangerous. Why are you not allowed to drive slowly in the left lane?

It creates traffic congestion

The problem is that the highway interstate system only works when everyone drives in the proper lane, and failing to do so makes it impossible for other drivers to pass. This creates traffic congestion, and it forces those drivers to merge to the right if they want to pass.

However, passing on the right may also be impossible because that’s where slow traffic is supposed to be located. Even if it is possible, all of these lane changes create more chances for car accidents. Passing on the right itself can be dangerous if the car in the left lane suddenly merges. 

Finally, driving slowly and creating traffic congestion can cause road rage. It could also lead to rear-end accidents if someone doesn’t realize that traffic is moving slowly where it is not supposed to.

In short, there are many ways that this practice can cause a serious crash. If you do get involved in a traffic accident that was caused by another driver, make sure you know how to seek financial compensation.