Driving in the left lane

As I listen to the news or read articles about politics, I wonder if we're in the only sane part of the world.

South of the border is a comedy of errors. It is entertaining, but it is sad to see global politics turn into fodder for gutter-press and TV.

To the east, Alberta has gone left and is slowing down and, frankly, that is evident in their driving also.

I am sure you have experienced the same situation as I have where you look at buying something, perhaps a car or a trailer or even a mountain bike.

You take some time to research your choice, but the research proves difficult because the model you like appears to be quite rare.

You make a decision a few weeks later and as your new acquisition sits in your garage or driveway, you notice other people with the very same product that just two weeks ago was rare.

Albertans are not exactly a rare commodity here, but my goodness there are a lot of them. 

They are also easy to find. They are at the front of the traffic jam you are in, driving slowly in the left lane.

The funny thing is that when I lived in Alberta, we would all talk about “those drivers with B.C. plates.” Albertans were clearly superior drivers back then.

Today, I am not so sure. They appear to be the epitome of left-lane hogs.

In a letter to Castanet this week on a very serious topic of speeding in a construction zone, the author stated that the polite Albertan drivers would slow down and drive courteously through the zone.

From a safe point of view that is fantastic. But they never speed up after the construction zone. 

I get it, they are on vacation, but they could check their mirror once in a while. The left lane is for overtaking. Move over and let others get on with their day.

It also makes me wonder why I have never seen anyone pulled over with the recent introduction of the left-lane hog infraction.

Then, I realized, the RCMP cruiser is at the back of the line up trying to get to the front.


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