Your Biggest Colorado Highway-Driving Pet Peeves
There's always that one guy who intends to drive the left lane clear around the globe. Have you ever been stuck behind that dude while driving a Colorado highway or Interstate? It seems we all have.
With this dilemma, it seemed like a good idea to take it to the streets. I asked on Facebook, "What is your biggest Colorado highway-driving pet peeve?" Check out the gallery below, and you'll discover we all end up facing the same frustrations.
Camping In The Left Lane On Colorado Highways
I have a buddy who used to drive all the way from Grand Junction to Salt Lake City while riding that left lane. Now, in all fairness to him, he did about 95 miles per hour.
If you've driven a Colorado highway or interstate, you've undoubtedly been stuck behind the person who rides the left lane while doing 10 MPH below the posted speed limit. What's worse, they love to get right along someone in the right lane, ultimately resulting in a turtle race that can turn any highway into a slow-moving parade.
Camping In The Left Lane
Several people replied their biggest pet peeve is those who "camp" in the left lane. What does that mean?
According to cdot.gov, Colorado law regarding the left lane reads:
42-4-1013 (1) - Passing lane (Left Lane Law) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle in the passing lane of a highway if the speed limit is sixty-five miles per hour or more unless such person is passing other motor vehicles that are in a nonpassing lane or turning left, or unless the volume of traffic does not permit the motor vehicle to safely merge into a nonpassing lane.
What Are 'Road Alligators' and Have You Encountered One Lately?
In this case, we're not referring to an animal. From time to time you encounter remnants of tires littering the road. Where do they come from? According to sttc.com:
While tire retreads have historically been pegged as the culprits behind road alligators, recent studies have shown that this is actually not the case. In fact, one study performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) analyzed a sample of truck tire debris found on the highways in five different U.S. states. The results of the study concluded that of the road debris that was identifiable, 78% came from new tires and 22% came from tire retreads.
There are, of course, people who simply don't enjoy driving. The gallery below has a hefty list of our pet peeves in Colorado. Check it out and you'll discover you're probably not alone when it comes to those irritants that drive you nuts on Colorado highways.