June is National Lane Courtesy Month. Lane courtesy is the simple but often overlooked practice of keeping the left lane open for faster moving vehicles. Our attorneys want to take this opportunity to remind you that this fundamental driving rule is not only legally enforceable but also incredibly beneficial.
Here in Nebraska, highway lane discipline laws state that you must keep to the right when traveling slower than the normal speed of traffic. Practicing lane courtesy makes our roads safer and more efficient because:
- You’ll reduce your car accident risk: Traffic flows better when the left lane is unobstructed. There is less tailgating and less switching from lane to lane. That translates into fewer motor vehicle accidents caused by aggressive driving maneuvers.
- You’ll get better gas mileage: Lane courtesy allows everyone to maintain a consistent speed. A consistent speed is good for fuel economy. In contrast, the more time you spend breaking and accelerating, the more your engine has to work.
- You’ll reach your destination faster: Failing to yield to faster traffic creates congestion on the highway. Meanwhile, practicing lane courtesy frees up the road so that everyone can get where they’re going in less time.
- You may experience less road rage: Slow-moving vehicles in the left lane are a source of frustration for many drivers. Of course, road rage is completely inexcusable, but you may have to deal with less conflict on the road if you practice lane courtesy.
Most states have lane courtesy laws. Some are stronger than others. If you have a summer road trip coming up, be sure to research the laws that apply to your route.
Find Out How Lane Courtesy Might Impact Your Case
If you were injured in a car accident, contact our attorneys at 402-371-4300 to learn how lane courtesy laws may impact your case. We will walk you through your options for obtaining maximum compensation. Copple, Rockey, & Schlecht serves clients from Omaha, Norfolk, Lincoln, and other areas of Nebraska.