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Freeway lanes

If there are 4 lanes on the freeway (for example), the fast lane being the obvious is the furthest lane to the left, and the slow lane is the furthest lane to the right, then what do you call the two middle lanes?
 
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Old 12-18-06, 01:50 PM
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no mans land ....

wanted to add FL only the left lane is the slow lane pull right in and drive 5 mph under the speed limit to be safe ..
 
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Getting tired of snowbird season already, Mango?

Those would be the #2 lane and the #3 lane. The #2 lane is for normal drivers. The #3 lane is for women driving 80 miles an hour in their SUV while talking on the cellphone.
 
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The middle lanes are "Travel Lanes"
But actually, in your example, the far right is the on/off (entrance/exit) lane
The far left is the passing lane
The kinda right is the slow vehicle lane
The kinda left is the travel lane
 
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Originally Posted by the_tow_guy View Post
The #3 lane is for women driving 80 miles an hour in their SUV while talking on the cellphone.

Incorrect
That's what the lane with the white diagonal stripes across it in front of Wal*Mart, Stop and Shop, Target, and other stores, is designated for
 
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And, of course, during rush hour in addict's neck of the woods they're all "slow" lanes. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
 
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I'm pretty sure in her neck of the woods, one of the lanes she's asking about is for the cows
 
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Freeway lanes

I thought the left lane in Florida was reserved for people in large white cars driving very slowly to dinner at 5:00 PM. White shoes required!

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That's true Dick, but only on two lane roads
 
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My dad is retired army and was stationed in Germany when I was a youngster. The freeways over there (Autobahn) have strict rules to them about driving in the right hand most lane you can and only moving left to pass. It's fun to watch because with heavy traffic on a four lane road like you mentioned, the 2nd lane will be moving a little faster than the outside lane, the third a little faster than that and the inside lane still faster. Get used to that kind of order and then try to drive in the US and you get ticked off quickly.
 
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On I 10 by Palm Springs, my sis-in-law was so nervous about 4 lanes and all the traffic and speed that she was wiping away tears. Then I started pointing out that we were being passed by 80 year old white-haired grannies that could barely see through the steering wheel in their big Cads.......and I was doing 85...... They must have had a coupon for a $5.00 dinner buffet at the casino
 
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Originally Posted by slickshift View Post
I'm pretty sure in her neck of the woods, one of the lanes she's asking about is for the cows
How udderly ridiculous.
 
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No really
They don't "Moooooooo"
They "Merrrrrrrrrrge"
 
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When they get pulled over are they charged with a bovine violation?
 
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Old 12-19-06, 05:50 AM
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In England they are taught at a very early age the road etiquitte , I was in awe when I saw all the lorrys (trucks) driving in the far left (the far right ) and all the other traffic in the second to left (second to right )and the other two lanes wide open
 
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I saw that in Italy on the Autostrada (while whizzing down the fast lane at 120 mph). All the trucks crawling along in the outside lane. I think it must have been a legal restriction there.
 
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In Colorado the far left lane is "better be going 20 over or you'll be run over". Far right is for semis and RVs. Middle right is for other RVs and semis to pass each other. Middle left is for everyone from out of state who doesn't want to be run over :-)

And if everyone is going the speed limit? Better hit the brakes otherwise that will be an expensive ticket...
 
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Ooooo kaaaaay....so.....back to the original question...so there's the #2 and #3 lanes in the middle. So...which one is the #2 and which is the #3?

(The reason why I ask is b/c if I had to explain to someone for instance, there's a stalled car in the #2 lane or #3...which one is is?)

BTW: You guys crack me up!
 
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Ahhh...I see

#1 is always the far left
#2 the next from the left (the lane to the right of #1)
#3 the third from the left (the lane to the right of #2))
#4 the cow lane....uh....j/k...you get the picture

The far left is always #1

 
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Huh. I would have numbered them the other way.
 
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Yah, me too
 
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The problem with numbering right to left instead would be that when the road narrows from 3 lanes to two, you would have to refer to the lanes by different numbers, i.e. the lane that was #3 (the inside lane) would now be the #2 lane. When you number from the median to the shoulder the numbers are always the same.
 
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I'd just explain that there's a stalled car in one of the middle lanes. I don't think it would really matter if it's in 2 or 3 since it seems it would be pretty easy to spot a stalled car, regardless of which lane it's in, right? Or is this a hypothical question?
 
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I'm just glad I mostly travel rural back roads with all y'all's talk of what them there extra lanes are for makes me glad we mostly have narrow winding 2 lane roads
 
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Thanks for the explanation, Gunny, numbering from the inside out makes sense now.
 
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Originally Posted by slickshift View Post
Ahhh...I see

#1 is always the far left
#2 the next from the left (the lane to the right of #1)
#3 the third from the left (the lane to the right of #2))
#4 the cow lane....uh....j/k...you get the picture

The far left is always #1

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Huh. I would have numbered them the other way.

Well, I agree with Mitch.

The "Cape".. Well they're their own breed...(just kidding)

In MA. the left is the "fast lane, However it is always the slowest.
The middle two are for those that can't decide wich one they want, So they bounce around aimlessly between all four, untill blocked in and limited to those two. The first (most to the right) Is primarely for merging on and off, (Most around here don't understand how to do this either)Or it is most helpfull for passing on the right, when the rest of the hiway is clogged with people that don't know how to drive.

Now ,enter the rotory (round about for some of our veiwers). This would be a whole 'nother post, And tons of chuckles.

Then you have the NewEngland attitude of.. "If you don't know where your going,or how to get there, You shouldn't be driving here!" (Boston mostly) Thats why we don't have street signs.

So DIY, I hope I have helped to clear up your querry.
 
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ha ha...

Well, Shadeladie,

The only reason why I think it would matter is b/c I drive during really tough high traffic and with the stalled car or whatever it may be, it's great to know the exact lane (at least for me). That way, I know which lane to stay out of ahead of time. I guess I'm a "planner" and need to know ahead of time type of person so I guess it would really just depend on what type of person you are...?

mitch17,

Depends on which you consider inside and which you consider out
 
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I see, but for me, living in a big city, it wouldn't matter much knowing which lane the stalled car was in because that would affect the other lanes, too. So the other middle lane would be just as bad because the cars would have to move over into the other lane(s) and would then slow everything down and (in my neck of the woods, anyway) the other lane would be just as bad. Best thing in that case would be to take a different route altogether.
 
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That's true. But here in CA......not too many people will let you in "their" lane. I got stuck once in traffic and didn't know there was a stalled car until I actually was right behind it and had a very hard time getting over b/c no one would let me in until I had to finally cut someone off. It's tough out there ya know? Yeah...learning different routes are always best, except I get lost easily.
 
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Lol, hey I didn't make up the "left is #1" thing, it's in your driving handbook
....really

It's also "illegal" to have a left hand exit on an interstate, but we've got plenty of those up here in New England
So the disappearing right hand lane thing is logical, but doesn't work out quite right up here
 
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...in MY driving handbook? Where is it? Are we supposed to have one? WHAT driving handbook?

You know...I barely passed the DMV test...
 
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Ha ha ha...
Here's your copy of the California Driver Handbook
Don't lose it!

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/hdbk/pgs22thru25.htm

(scroll down to see the lane numbers)
 
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New Regulations in the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle's 2007 Handbook:


1. Turn signals will give away your next move. A confident Massachusetts driver avoids using them.

2. Under no circumstance should you maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, because the space will be filled in by somebody else, putting you in an even more dangerous situation.

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7. Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right. It's a good way to prepare other drivers entering the highway.

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Golly.......... I think I'll stay in tennessee
 
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WOW, Such knowledge for somene beyond the "Elbow".

Beleive it folks!!! It's all true!!!

Only 2 exceptions:

12. It is tradition in Massachusetts to honk your horn at cars in front of you that do not move three milliseconds after the light turns green.#

You must have a min. of 3 cahs in front of you.

15. In Massachusetts, 'flipping the bird' is considered a polite salute. This gesture should always be returned.

With a verbal responce, that only you and your passenger can hear, As He/She is ducking under the dash (from embaresment, But these are the rules).
We NewEnglanders are very good lip readers.


Don't let this scare you away. Come visit, It's beautifull. Just check the cabbies mileage and your map book. Not that they would... But they may.

The good news.. Boston is a GREAT walking city. This entire state is awsome.
 
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In the tri-state area of PA, NJ and DE the 2 center lanes of a 4 lane hi-way are commonly reffered to as The Left Center and the Right Center lanes during the traffic reports.
And the Left lane is Fast lane and the Right lane is the Acceleration lane
or if your in an 18 wheeler, the Hammer lane and the Granny lane.
 
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In CT the right lane is the unofficial passing lane when people go 10mph under the 65 limit on the highway in the left lane when they are 2 miles from the left exit. At least this unoffical rule applies between 3:30 and 4 A.M. when I am on my way to work.
 
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Where I live, there are get-over roads. One lane & you get over when you see someone coming.
 
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In Florida (I-75) trucks are restricted from using the far left (#1) lane. So, #2 would be their passing lane (when there are three lanes to a side.)

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