09 March 2010
Out-thinking others in the fast lane
Some drivers out-fast me-- they come up behind, do not flash their brights and wait, but (since they are going 5 to 10 mph more) just merge right to pass-- something that many writers say not to do. In Germany, this is verboten (forbidden).
Today, one came up. Just as he was starting to merge right, I had decided to move over to let him stay left. The result? He saw my 2 blinks of turn signal, but since he changed lanes quickly with no turn signal, I then decided to stay left. His thoughts? Quite possibly, "if I hadn't been so quick to not let him move over, I could have stayed left." Get it?
And, 20 seconds later, he had to remerge left, anyway, because he encountered slower traffic in the middle lane. He was then still behind me.
I've used this move more than once. Almost all the time, it is inadvertent-- at the same moment as the rear driver decides. But I know it makes them think they made a mistake in judgement, as they should with passing on the right. Oh well.