Thank you, Vernon Hill, for bringing up the most annoying habit to grace our highways: cars residing in the fast lane, otherwise known as Fast-Lane Hogs [“Drive, He Said,” March 16 Xpress].
Nothing enrages me more than drivers taking up occupancy in the passing lane. On a recent trip, I was graced with a middle finger twice for tailgating in the fast lane while patiently waiting to pass. How screwy is that? I have learned that folks simply won’t budge and am forced to find an opening to pass in the wrong lane. However foolhardy, I have even gone so far as to pass fast-lane hogs, get in front of them and slow down to give them a taste of their own medicine. I am flabbergasted by the pandemic of thoughtless and discourteous drivers in this part of the world — or is it a nationwide problem? The words I call them while driving are unprintable.
I would happily donate to the N.C. State Troopers, who call for donations all the time, if ticketing fast-lane hogs were on their agenda. Knowing this is another “freedom” that will go unaddressed. I am reduced to putting a bumper sticker on my car that says, “The left lane is for passing.” It is next to the sticker that says “Being nice to people is a really good idea.”
In the meantime, I will continue to pass in the wrong lane, give fast-lane hogs a grimace and wave in thanks to those that do pull over into the slow lane in order to let me pass.
— Julia Brooke