Jerry’s Video of the Week: Passing Lane Etiquette

passing lane

It is one of my pet peeves. Someone driving slowly in the passing lane.  

A Jeep driver from Texas recently found himself in just such a predicament near Fort Worth, and found a clever way to get a slow driver in the left lane out of the way. He simply gave him a call. He had his dash cam rolling the entire time. 

I have to hand it to this guy for thinking outside the box!

Check out the dash cam video here.

The video was posted by Machine, a YouTuber and off-road enthusiast from the Lone Star State. He was trying to pass a slow-moving bobtail Peterbilt tractor when he got hung up by a white Ford Econoline squatting in the passing lane.

On his YouTube page, Machine said the van, which apparently belonged to a plumbing company, was going between 60 and 70 mph along a stretch of highway. The stated speed limit was 70 mph. Confronted with the slow-moving van blocking the left lane, and traffic in the right lane, Machine decided to call the number listed on the back of the van and politely ask him to get out of the way.

In the van, the passenger picked up and was momentarily confused when Machine asked him to ask his driver to move out of the lane and let traffic pass. Shortly afterwards, the van sped up, passed a tractor-trailer, and got out of the way.

According to CBS News, 38 states have laws on the books to punish slow drivers squatting in the passing lane. In five of those states, the fine is upwards of $1000, and 22 states classify it as a misdemeanor.

Photo Credit: Machine/YouTube 
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