Thursday Thirteen #13

Thirteen Things You Should Know About Freeway Driving

I am constantly annoyed by freeway drivers NOT paying attention to what’s going on. If everyone just followed these rules then there wouldn’t be so much congestion.

  1. If you decide to pass someone in the fast lane, make sure you go the speed of the flow of traffic in the fast lane, and remember to get your butt back in the slow lane ASAP.
  2. If you see someone speed up behind you in the fast lane then move into the slow lane so that they can pass.
  3. When exiting the freeway do not slow down until you’re completely in the off ramp. The ramp is for slowing, the freeway is for not slowing.
  4. When accelerating to enter the freeway make sure to get up to freeway speed before entering. There’s nothing worse than a slow merger.
  5. If there’s a car stopped safely on the side of the road don’t slow down.
  6. Don’t go the same speed as the person beside you when in the fast lane, there’s nothing worse than being behind you when you do that.
  7. The fast lane is really for people wanting to go faster than the speed limit, so stay out of it if you go the speed limit (and please, go the speed limit, especially if kids are in your car).
  8. If you’re in a gutless vehicle, like a semi truck, don’t try and pass someone when you’re going uphill.
  9. In stop and go traffic, stay on the ball and stop and go with the person in front of you, keeps things going smoothly.
  10. Be courteous to people trying to get on the freeway and move into the other lane if you can. Don’t cut off the traffic in that lane though.
  11. If someone cuts you off, don’t try and pay them back by cutting them off. Chances are they didn’t realize they did it and you end up looking like an ass. Just use your horn…ooo the horn is fun fun fun.
  12. This doesn’t have to do with the freeway but if you’re driving on a single lane highway and there’s a long line of people behind you then pull off to the side of the road to let them go by. You’re obviously not in a rush anyway.
  13. Keep a safe distance behind people. If someone is too close behind me I put on my hazard lights or I give them the double brake tap tap. If they still don’t get it then I do something kinda mean….but get the heck off my bumper!!! I just hit my brakes quickly then speed up…scares the bejeebers out of them. Last time I did that I got the middle finger…ha ha. Oops.

Sorry, that might have been really boring.



  1. HAHA! I love #13, that is exactly what I do, oops! Even the double brake tap and the hazards first, lol, then tap ’em! Soooo dangerous I know, Hubby FREAKS at me, oh well, STAY OFF PEOPLES BUTTS!! Good post baby!
    P.S. I hope you feel better today:(

  2. Drivers here in Manila have a TOTALLY different mentality when it comes to driving. Drivers always have to be by your car’s butt, horns are a staple, the yellow light means go faster, drunk driving is “normal” and so on and so forth. It’s like hell over here, believe me!

    Comparatively speaking, I still believe that drivers in the US, UK and Canada are the more disciplined ones – they respect traffic laws and abide by the rules most of the time. How I wish drivers over here would be like that.

    Thanks for sharing your insights. I’ll keep this in mind if I get the chance to drive over there. 🙂

    I hope you’re better now 🙂

  3. Your #7 is interesting! The fast lane is for people who want to break the law? Isn’t it nice that they have their own lane! That must make things so much easier for the police!

  4. I’m sure it does. The police don’t pull people over on the freeway unless they’re going super fast. It’s too dangerous to pull people over. 120 is the normal fast lane speed, you don’t hardly ever get pulled over for that….don’t take my word for it though.

  5. Ha Ha, I love doing the brake and speed up thing! I don’t like it when I get the finger though…it actually made me cry once…?

  6. That was a good one, actually.

    When someone tailgates me, I just take my foot of the gas and start to slow down, slowly. I’ll give it a bit of gas now and then to keep the progress very gradual. Never brake! It takes them a while to figure out what is going on and drives them nuts! It is a very good method of getting people to pass me instead of nagging me to speed up. And if they can’t pass, once I get them good and slowed down, I zoom off again. Repeat as necessary for them to get the message.

    Of course, that doesn’t stop me from tailgating slowpokes, even though I realize my stupidity.

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