Lane discipline

Warning! This is a bit of a Rant.

Lane Discipline

Personally I call it not being an idiot, but it’s more commonly known as Lane Discipline or Lane Courtesy. It’s something that Americans are really bad at. I’m sure you the reader is great at it, but join me in ranting against all those “other” drivers who aren’t.

You might however be asking yourself “What is Lane Discipline?”

It’s basically not driving in the fast lane (far left lane) except to pass. It’s also staying to the right as much as possible. Here is a pretty good website on it, though they call it Lane Courtesy. Most states (including California) have laws relating to this but they are hard to enforce and therefore never are. It doesn’t mean its not the right thing to do.

As a motorcyclist I find that the general lack of attention that US Drivers pay to the act of driving is pretty upsetting. The fact is that drivers don’t even watch for cars coming up quickly behind them, so it should be no surprise that they don’t see motorcyclists. In general drivers are pretty oblivious, despite the fact that they’re controlling over 2000 lbs of metal and plastic at speeds that will kill anything they hit. When I’m on a motorcycle I can easily maneuver though traffic and get around drivers poking along in the left lanes, so their lack of lane discipline isn’t as annoying compared to when I’m in a car. I just would be happier if drivers stayed in the right lanes (both meanings of right) so that I could pass them safely on their left where they are more likely to be looking.

Be safe out there!

TL:DR version, Stay to the right!


About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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4 Responses to Lane discipline

  1. A little known fact is that in most, if not all U.S. states, it’s actually illegal to pass on the right no matter how many lanes of traffic there is. “Keep right except to pass” should be engraved on the dash of every vehicle sold (for all the good it would do).

    • Cynic13th says:

      I know it is legal to pass on the right in California, I’m super careful in other countries/states because I know it’s often not legal.
      I don’t remember much from my drivers education, but I’m sure in the US it could do with some improvements.

  2. I think in general those driving on American Roadways rarely pay attention to anything but their immediate field of vision. When you suggest to look left, right or into their rear view mirror, they think your crazy.

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