I've had it. Doesn't anybody know how to pass another car on the highway? I was driving from Nashville to Staunton, Virginia recently taking 40 east til I picked up Interstate 81 about 25 miles east of Knoxville and took it to Staunton. It's a little over 300 miles from south Nashville to the Virginia border at Bristol and another 220 up route 81 to Staunton. Had to have happened at least a dozen times that a driver would pass me and then pull in less than 2 car lengths in front of me. Since I was driving around 65 mph someone passing me should be 6 - 7 car lengths ahead before pulling in - one car length for every 10 miles per hour. Don't they teach this in driving school any more? One guy came close to taking off my driver's side head light. Hope these drivers don't pull in front of 18 wheelers like that. There was another idiot who was behind me in the right lane, riding my butt. Since I wouldn't speed up (I guess), he pulled out into the passing lane and immediately pulled in front of me - just in time to get off the interstate. He couldn't have just stayed behind me and gotten off?
Kind of related to this beef is the "if the other driver even has to touch his brakes, you shouldn't have pulled out in front of him" rule. OK, I made this rule up but it makes sense. This applies when you're stopped at an intersection ready to turn or cross as well as when both vehicles are on a highway, 2 lane road, etc. This rule is for the jerks who are inching out at an intersection, see you coming, and when you're just about on top of them they pull out forcing you to slam on your brakes. Other death wish drivers are those who wait til the last possible second before making a left hand turn in front of you.
Since I'm talking about car lengths, the subject of tailgating comes to mind. Some drivers are in such a hurry they want everyone to move out of their way so they try to intimidate drivers ahead of them by driving right on their rear bumpers. (Maybe some of these scared drivers are the ones who keep pulling in front of me?) Some even flash their lights to get you to move over and let them pass. When this happens, I always hope to see the tailgater pulled over by a state trooper. It never happens.
While I'm in a ranting mood, let me hit a few more targets. Ever notice cars ahead of you who keep drifting over into your lane. You know what these drivers are doing. If it isn't merely holding a cell phone to their ear, it's sending a text message. You want to pass them quickly before they drift again. Besides the phones, I remember one young kid had a hard cover book propped up on the steering wheel as he drove south on route 65 doing about 65. Do driving schools these days teach kids how to drive with one or no hands? I think that states that do not have laws against driving while texting or using a non-hands free cell phone should be required to teach those applying for a driver's license how to safely drive with one hand (if that's possible). The applicants should have to take their road test one handed. If we're going to allow people to drive one handed, then they should be taught how to safely drive that way.