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#4779073 - 06/06/18 12:25 PM More semis in the left lane these days?
WhyMe Offline


Registered: 12/18/12
Posts: 515
Loc: Washington for now
I drive I 90 and I 5 quite a bit in the seattle area. What I have noticed recently is semis camping in the left lane. Slows down traffic quite a bit.

I thought semis could not use the left lane . Have you noticed this in your area?

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#4779081 - 06/06/18 12:29 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: WhyMe]
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10182
Loc: OH
They will if there's construction going on in the right lanes.

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#4779082 - 06/06/18 12:29 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: WhyMe]
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Registered: 07/02/07
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More everyone in the left lane these days. But semi's, yeah I notice an increase. I used to go from Indiana into Michigan a lot. Indiana had no law about left lane but Michigan had signs posted that trucks above <forgot gross weight> lbs must not travel in left lane, or something to that effect. You would see them move from left over to right sometimes as they crossed into MI, if they were left lane when going in. I think MSP enforced it pretty thoroughly.
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#4779083 - 06/06/18 12:30 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: WhyMe]
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Registered: 01/25/08
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Unless there's a sign that specifically says "Trucks prohibited from left lane," trucks are allowed in the left lane. However, the left lane is for passing only (this applies to all vehicles, not just trucks), so they should get back into the right lane if they're not passing anyone, same as any other vehicle.
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#4779085 - 06/06/18 12:31 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: WhyMe]
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Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 2499
Loc: Chicago Area
The worst for me is when I have to take I-65 down to Indianapolis. The trucks just love to clog up the left lane playing leap-frog and seeing how long they can stay in the left lane going 0.5MPH faster than the truck in the right lane that they're passing.
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#4779088 - 06/06/18 12:35 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: WhyMe]
Irishman Offline


Registered: 02/01/13
Posts: 159
Loc: Texas
When I drive from Ft. Worth to Tulsa I drive in the right lane because there is hardly anyone else in the right lane.

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#4779090 - 06/06/18 12:37 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: opus1]
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Registered: 08/12/11
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Loc: Chicago,IL,USA
Originally Posted By: opus1
The worst for me is when I have to take I-65 down to Indianapolis. The trucks just love to clog up the left lane playing leap-frog and seeing how long they can stay in the left lane going 0.5MPH faster than the truck in the right lane that they're passing.

0.5MPH?
It thought is 0.000000001MPH (aka 15-20 minutes to pass one semi)
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#4779096 - 06/06/18 12:45 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: WhyMe]
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Registered: 04/15/10
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Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
I don't see many in the left lane around here, but almost all of them are on their phones or running lights.
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#4779098 - 06/06/18 12:45 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: WhyMe]
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Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 9581
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
Right lanes are usually bumpy and in worst shape that the left lanes because, Large overloaded trucks have damaged the right lanes. Ed
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#4779109 - 06/06/18 01:00 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: WhyMe]
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Registered: 12/16/17
Posts: 292
Loc: Massachusetts
I saw some of that on my cross country road trip last summer but not enough to really flag it as unusual given the conditions. What I did notice as a problem is when a truck governed at 65.5 mph tried to pass a truck governed at 65.2 mph. The passing truck can't go any faster, and the truck being passed usually refuses to back off at all, thus tying up the road for miles with a turtle race.
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#4779121 - 06/06/18 01:14 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: VeryNoisyPoet]
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Registered: 03/20/16
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Loc: Western S.C. since 1996
Originally Posted By: VeryNoisyPoet
... What I did notice as a problem is when a truck governed at 65.5 mph tried to pass a truck governed at 65.2 mph. The passing truck can't go any faster, and the truck being passed usually refuses to back off at all, thus tying up the road for miles with a turtle race.
They used to do that racing each other up the long upgrades of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, one in the right lane at 35 mph, and the passing one at <36. Then go down at ~75.


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#4779133 - 06/06/18 01:27 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: WhyMe]
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Registered: 06/05/03
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Can't run the left lane in California. But running the right lane with 4 wheelers constantly slamming on their brakes to merge or cutting you off to exit is real dangerous!
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#4779150 - 06/06/18 01:55 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: exranger06]
grampi Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 7771
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: exranger06
Unless there's a sign that specifically says "Trucks prohibited from left lane," trucks are allowed in the left lane. However, the left lane is for passing only (this applies to all vehicles, not just trucks), so they should get back into the right lane if they're not passing anyone, same as any other vehicle.


When I went through Sage truck driving school back in '04, the instructors told us in class that semis are supposed to stay out of the far left lane when there are more than two lanes running in the same direction, even if there were no signs posted that prohibited trucks from using that lane. The instructors said semis should stay in the right two lanes...I see them using the far left lane all the time now, like they think that lane is there specifically for them or something...

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#4779152 - 06/06/18 01:56 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: pandus13]
grampi Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 7771
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: pandus13
Originally Posted By: opus1
The worst for me is when I have to take I-65 down to Indianapolis. The trucks just love to clog up the left lane playing leap-frog and seeing how long they can stay in the left lane going 0.5MPH faster than the truck in the right lane that they're passing.

0.5MPH?
It thought is 0.000000001MPH (aka 15-20 minutes to pass one semi)


Those guys should be ticketed for impeding traffic flow...

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#4779159 - 06/06/18 02:03 PM Re: More semis in the left lane these days? [Re: grampi]
Malo83 Offline


Registered: 08/08/08
Posts: 2005
Loc: Cali
Hwy 99 here in central Cal you see a lot of trucks running the left lane, coming west on I 10 saw a CHP cruiser pulling next to a lot of trucks and Rv's running the left and middle lanes and motioning them to get over on the right lane

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