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My current pet driving peeve

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People who drive slowly in the fast lane. Here's a clue: if people are changing into the slow lane to overtake you, you're in the wrong lane.

The ultimate form of this is, of course, to drive alongside a vehicle in the other lane, matching its speed, so that the cars behind you are unable to pass. I saw a wee red car doing exactly this on the way home today...

Posted July 12, 2005 5:56 PM


Yes, it seems New Zealand drivers have a "keep right" attitude in all their driving. Cutting corners off at intersections (driving on the wrong side of the road for a few metres).
Driving close to the centre line for their reference , rather than the white line to the left.
And of course, your pet hate of driving in the outside lane, this is not helped by transit New Zealand's incorrect labelling of "Slow lane/fast lane", which is conveyed to drivers. They should be labelled, inside lane, middle lane, outside lane, this incorrect terminology gives rise to drivers thinking that they have to be in the "fast" lane, if travelling at say 100kmh.
The simple motto is, always keep to the left side of the road, unless over taking, regardless of what speed you are travelling at.
This was always drummed into me in the UK by my driving instructor.

Posted by: Nigel Windsor | July 17, 2005 5:29 PM

of course, there are plenty of "keep left unless passing" signs along there too...

Posted by: Alden Bates | July 17, 2005 6:07 PM

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