Which Is Faster: Weaving in Traffic or Staying in One Lane? MythBusters

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    Aug 29, 2014 2:25 AM GMT
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    Aug 29, 2014 4:59 AM GMT
    On the open highway, I change lanes as needed. In the city or any heavy traffic, it doesn't make any difference. They are just the same because the tards weaving back and forth slow down all of the lanes. Better not to - avoid stress and multi-car accidents.
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    Aug 29, 2014 6:21 AM GMT
    I have to say that it depends. If you're in bumper to bumper traffic, it's just better to stay in one lane.

    If traffic is moving slowly but not at the posted speed limited, weaving helps. But not crazy weaving. Cuz that's dangerous. You have to be constantly scanning ahead and watching your lane and the adjacent lanes. The very moment you see a slow down, change lanes, change again when you see the next slow down. Everyone that drives the same route daily, knows where the slow points are.

    Also, avoid letting certain cars in front of you. I know that's a dick move. But I'm never wrong. Certain cars/drivers always drive slow or erratically, causing the rest of traffic to slow down.. in the left lane. Fuck those people. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 29, 2014 6:33 AM GMT
    xrichx saidAlso, avoid letting certain cars in front of you. I know that's a dick move. But I'm never wrong. Certain cars/drivers always drive slow or erratically, causing the rest of traffic to slow down.. in the left lane. Fuck those people. icon_lol.gif

    Some people seem to drive slower but they're really not. That's me. My car has a sensor that senses when a car is in front of me when I have it on cruise control and slows down when necessary in order to maintain a specific distance. I can set that distance to far, not so far, closer, and close. I almost always keep it set at far. I can set the cruise control to 90 mph with the distance set to far and the people behind me see all that distance in front of me, get annoyed, and assume that I'm a slowpoke, but it's really the car ahead of me. They pass me and then my car just adjusts for them being ahead of me. Rinse and repeat with the next car behind me.
  • LJay

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    Aug 29, 2014 5:52 PM GMT
    Not really sure how it works for overall speed, but using my cruise control as I drive on a busy interstate and keeping in the right lane, usually means that I can maintain a safer distance from other cars and have to deal with less tension.
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    Aug 29, 2014 6:11 PM GMT
    I tend to stay in 1 lane, unless I must change lanes because of a problem car ahead of me. My husband hates that, because he's a constant lane changer. Typical of Florida, I call it the "zig-zag" school of driving. Florida drivers can't go a single block without changing lanes.

    I quickly get in the lane I know I'll need, and just stay there. Works best for me, if not my husband, who follows the Florida ethic that you always have to get ahead of the driver in front of you.
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    Aug 29, 2014 6:23 PM GMT
    It all depends on the situation, but usually I'm a stoic believer in the "stay put and do your thing" mantra when on the freeway. I can be a VERY aggressive driver in my MX5 if I'm just out in the country for a thrill or if I'm trying to get around a dangerous driver who isn't speeding (dangerous speeding drivers make me want to hang back). The transmission in my new Chevy Sonic is annoying though, appearing to have electronic ADD whenever i floor the accelerator. Either that or the Big Bowtie is still compensating for an inability to build a decent four-cylinder engine
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    Aug 29, 2014 8:42 PM GMT
    If you are familiar with the road and the lights and the turnoffs, etc., by all means weave. Otherwise, stay put.
  • Apparition

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    Aug 29, 2014 10:05 PM GMT
    people die and insurance goes up for you to save a minute or two. Is your life really that important compared to others?
    Sure you could save 10 minutes, but have to work an extra 10 to pay for the increased insurance...not really a savings.
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    Aug 30, 2014 2:22 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    xrichx saidAlso, avoid letting certain cars in front of you. I know that's a dick move. But I'm never wrong. Certain cars/drivers always drive slow or erratically, causing the rest of traffic to slow down.. in the left lane. Fuck those people. icon_lol.gif

    Some people seem to drive slower but they're really not. That's me. My car has a sensor that senses when a car is in front of me when I have it on cruise control and slows down when necessary in order to maintain a specific distance. I can set that distance to far, not so far, closer, and close. I almost always keep it set at far. I can set the cruise control to 90 mph with the distance set to far and the people behind me see all that distance in front of me, get annoyed, and assume that I'm a slowpoke, but it's really the car ahead of me. They pass me and then my car just adjusts for them being ahead of me. Rinse and repeat with the next car behind me.

    No. I'm talking about the people that leave a quarter mile gap between themselves and the car ahead of them. They're actually CAUSING traffic to back up. icon_lol.gif

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    Aug 30, 2014 3:45 AM GMT
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    Lumpyoatmeal said
    xrichx saidAlso, avoid letting certain cars in front of you. I know that's a dick move. But I'm never wrong. Certain cars/drivers always drive slow or erratically, causing the rest of traffic to slow down.. in the left lane. Fuck those people. icon_lol.gif

    Some people seem to drive slower but they're really not. That's me. My car has a sensor that senses when a car is in front of me when I have it on cruise control and slows down when necessary in order to maintain a specific distance. I can set that distance to far, not so far, closer, and close. I almost always keep it set at far. I can set the cruise control to 90 mph with the distance set to far and the people behind me see all that distance in front of me, get annoyed, and assume that I'm a slowpoke, but it's really the car ahead of me. They pass me and then my car just adjusts for them being ahead of me. Rinse and repeat with the next car behind me.

    No. I'm talking about the people that leave a quarter mile gap between themselves and the car ahead of them. They're actually CAUSING traffic to back up. icon_lol.gif





    I totally agree with gap drivers causing back ups in busy traffic, sometimes, especially here in LA, CHP will do a 'traffic break' for no apparent reason other than to purposely slow traffic speed for everyone, in every lane. This traffic cop power play has never really been explained. I have never seen this done in any other city. I have been 'in the front' of one of these breaks, watching the cop weaving 5 lanes back and forth, finally exiting and when we do get back up to normal speed, there is no traffic accident or problems on the freeway. I think they do this just to be dick heads. In LA, there are so many cars and because of the gaps drivers cause and CHP gaps, leads to complete, sudden brake, gridlock miles in back of the place where the gap occurred. Very annoying icon_mad.gif

    Say you are 2 miles behind where the gap occurred, you and the cars around you are at a complete stand still and nobody knows why icon_idea.gif

  • waccamatt

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    Aug 30, 2014 4:00 AM GMT
    I'm a weaver. Luckily, my commute is short and against traffic each way.
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    Aug 30, 2014 4:07 AM GMT
    waccamatt saidI'm a weaver. Luckily, my commute is short and against traffic each way.


    yeah, I like to fill in the gaps too icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 30, 2014 4:08 AM GMT
    scruffLA saidI totally agree with gap drivers causing back ups in busy traffic

    What do you guys mean by "gap drivers"? If the speed limit is 65 and someone has a quarter mile gap in front of them but they're driving 70, and they're not in the leftmost lane, is that a problem?
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    Aug 30, 2014 4:26 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidI tend to stay in 1 lane, unless I must change lanes because of a problem car ahead of me. My husband hates that, because he's a constant lane changer. Typical of Florida, I call it the "zig-zag" school of driving. Florida drivers can't go a single block without changing lanes.

    I quickly get in the lane I know I'll need, and just stay there. Works best for me, if not my husband, who follows the Florida ethic that you always have to get ahead of the driver in front of you.


    Hmmmm... That may be the case in Wilton Manors, but is not at all the case in Miami-Dade, nor any of the other parts of the state for that matter.

    You'd be more convincing telling us about drivers in New York City (if you even own a car there). Drivers in Miami-Dade County are rated among the worst in the US (jacking my car insurance rates way up, despite Florida rating me a SAFE DRIVER on my driver's license), and South Floridians are notorious for obsessive lane changing.

    Further proof that you haven't spent much time here, nor driven I-95 a lot. But thanks for confirming that you're not a Florida resident, that would know better than to make your uninformed remark.
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    Aug 30, 2014 4:27 AM GMT
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    scruffLA saidI totally agree with gap drivers causing back ups in busy traffic

    What do you guys mean by "gap drivers"? If the speed limit is 65 and someone has a quarter mile gap in front of them but they're driving 70, and they're not in the leftmost lane, is that a problem?



    This is what I believe causes the most freeway gaps, SoCal drivers are the fucking worst when merging from an entrance ramp, along with most don't understand what "slower traffic keep right" means. When I first moved to LA, went to DMV for drivers test and license. I passed my tests the first time I took it. While waiting in line to turn in my test, 3 people in front of me ALL FAILED THEIR TESTS 3 TIMES and were sent back to their seats to try again. So the line moved very fast. icon_lol.gif


    How to Merge Onto the Highway Without Crashing
    http://www.wikihow.com/Merge-Onto-the-Highway-Without-Crashing

    Accelerate to the same speed as highway traffic. The first step of merging safely is to make sure you're going the same speed as the traffic on the highway

    We have ramp traffic lights to help people with this problem

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    Lumpyoatmeal said
    scruffLA saidI totally agree with gap drivers causing back ups in busy traffic

    What do you guys mean by "gap drivers"? If the speed limit is 65 and someone has a quarter mile gap in front of them but they're driving 70, and they're not in the leftmost lane, is that a problem?



    Oh and, this is a big mistake many drivers make. We know we are supposed to do the speed limit but most drivers don't. It is always recommended that drivers go with the flow of traffic speed, not necessarily the official speed limit. This is probably why most states up their highway speed limits to 70mph from 55mph. Add the fact some people, especially LA, don't understand 'road rules', if drivers choose to drive slower than moving traffic, it is best they drive in the right hand, slower lanes in order to avoid, tailgating or rear end collisions in the faster, left lanes. Some people will never get it and think any lane is available at any speed they want to drive at
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    Aug 30, 2014 6:32 AM GMT
    scruffLA saidI totally agree with gap drivers causing back ups in busy traffic, sometimes, especially here in LA, CHP will do a 'traffic break' for no apparent reason other than to purposely slow traffic speed for everyone, in every lane. This traffic cop power play has never really been explained. I have never seen this done in any other city. I have been 'in the front' of one of these breaks, watching the cop weaving 5 lanes back and forth, finally exiting and when we do get back up to normal speed, there is no traffic accident or problems on the freeway. I think they do this just to be dick heads. In LA, there are so many cars and because of the gaps drivers cause and CHP gaps, leads to complete, sudden brake, gridlock miles in back of the place where the gap occurred. Very annoying icon_mad.gif

    Say you are 2 miles behind where the gap occurred, you and the cars around you are at a complete stand still and nobody knows why icon_idea.gif

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    As far as I know, the CHP do not create traffic breaks to relieve traffic congestion. That doesn't even make sense. They do it to remove debris/objects from the road a few miles ahead. Or to tow out a disabled car.
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    Aug 30, 2014 8:30 AM GMT
    scruffLA saidI have always been a weaver icon_lol.gif




    And this is how learned icon_lol.gif


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    Haha...I had one of those as well when I was little. icon_smile.gif


    It really depends on a variety of factors...how much traffic there is, how well traffic is moving, and the people driving in front. I don't think I really weave but I do change lanes as needed. People drive so many different speeds. Some people are comfortable driving way below the speed limit in the fast lane while everyone else is going around the person. Yeah...I'm going to pass that person if I can.
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    Sep 01, 2014 10:34 AM GMT
    city driving
    avoid getting behind a bus that stops every 3 blocks

    freeway
    cell phone users tend to be slower