Q What is the proper way to drive in the slow lane?
I got tired of the wrestling and jockeying for position on the freeway a few years ago. The past few years I set the cruise control for 55 mph and stay in the slow lane. When I come upon someone going slower I go over one lane and adjust to the prevailing speed in that lane. Then I go back to the slow lane.
However I can’t tell you how many times someone will come up behind me, ride my butt, start flashing their high beams and honking. I’ve been passed on the right even by big rigs.
Except in special circumstances where the merge is extremely short (29th, Fruitvale in Oakland come to mind) or a big rig or loaded pickup is merging, I try not to turn off my cruise control. I am only going 55, it’s very easy to jump in front of me or get behind me. But if looks could kill, the “evil eye” would’ve killed me a long time ago. I am trying to be conscientious and do everything right. What am I doing wrong?
A Maybe going a little too slow. My advice: Go with the flow of traffic even in the slow lane. Up your speed to 60 and see if that “evil eye” look disappears. Speeds of 55 seem to really rankle others, but 60 mph doesn’t appear to have the same affect.
Q I have a challenge to your readers. Having driven all kinds of vehicles in the Bay Area for over 40 years and having read your column pretty regularly since it started, I have noticed a common theme. It is always about what the OTHER guy did wrong or what SOMEBODY ELSE should have been doing.
I do not recall stories that start something like “Boy, I almost got in an accident on the way in. I wasn’t paying attention, was going too fast, did not signal, braked suddenly or whatever and the other guy almost or did hit me. (S)he had almost no chance to avoid it. I need to be more careful.”
My challenge for your readers: A story where you talk about what you did wrong that almost or did cause an accident. This is about YOU observing how YOU contributed to the problem. What did you learn and how are you changing what you do to avoid the problem?
My guess is this will get few, if any, responses.
A Maybe, maybe not.
Q You once asked for gas stations that fill your tank for you. The Orinda Flying A at 22 Bryant Way just off Highway 24 not only fills the tank, but they never have to be asked, you don’t need to be handicapped and they clean the windshield and side mirrors without being asked. All this with a smile and a “thank you.” The owners are the best and have the cleanest operation I’ve seen since the ’50s.
A Now, that is high praise. I especially like the “thank you” one receives from station employees when filling up.
Q Your article on an app to get updated light rail arrival times didn’t mention if there was an app for buses that gave updates. Could you tell me the Internet address?