After a drive to Las Vegas, this writer was reminded of perhaps one of the best explainer videos to ever surface. The article, a 2016 feature from Vox, explains "why you shouldn't drive slowly in the left lane
". In short, you shouldn't drive slowly in the left lane because it makes traffic worse and more dangerous for everyone. It's also illegal.
With the multi-lane freeways of Southern California, the concept of 'right' and 'left' lanes begin to blur. While we expect trucks and slower vehicles to stay in the right lanes, every driver will recognize that this is often not the case. Making matters blurrier for multi-lane freeways is the carpool lane, splits, merges, and even some left-lane exits. But nowhere does the left lane right lane divide appear brighter than between Barstow and Primm on the I-15.
With many drivers eager to see the bright lights of Las Vegas and an always plentiful convoy of big rigs, slower vehicles in the left lane can create huge traffic slowdowns and more dangerous driving conditions. It's always best, especially on a two-lane highway, to only use the left lane for passing.
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