National Motorists Association Declares June “Lane Courtesy Month”

May 24th, 2011 | By | Category: National News

Earlier this week, the National Motorists Association (NMA) designated June — one of the busiest driving periods of the summer — as Lane Courtesy Month, according to a press release.

Lane courtesy is defined as the practice of yielding or moving over for faster moving traffic on multi-lane roads. When all motorists adhere to the principles of lane courtesy, traffic flows more freely and uniformly, making the roads safer.

Many states have lane courtesy laws, or Keep Right, laws in place that deem such action as driving slow in the left lane as an infraction, regardless of whether the offending driver is traveling within the posted speed limit, according to the press release. These laws recognize that the artificial restriction of traffic by a driver in the left lane raises the potential for congested stop-and-go traffic and for episodes of tailgating and road rage.

Drivers are encouraged to keep the left lane clear, unless passing a slower moving vehicle, and then they should move back into the right lane as soon as practical, the press release states.

There are several benefits to practicing lane courtesy, including less likely accidents, arriving at your destination faster and getting to your destination in a better mood.

In addition to lane courtesy, proper merging techniques are also being encouraged. Motorists often misunderstand correct methods of lane merging, as per the Federal Highway Administration. When approaching a lane closure with traffic at free-flow condition, it is best to merge as soon as the opportunity presents itself by filling gaps in the traffic without noticeable acceleration or deceleration, the press release states. If traffic has already slowed to a stop-and-go rate however, it is best to fill both lanes to the fullest and then merge one vehicle at a time at the lane closure point in a maneuver called Zipper Merging.