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Hypermiling Skills: Invite the Pass

Posted by IT Pilgrim on July 21, 2008

Today’s hypermiling skill, inviting someone to pass you. It seems that most people would prefer to tailgate you than bothering to see if there is actually traffic in front of you. You can always remedy this by giving them a quick view. A view of open road encourages the other driver to pass you. A view of deadlocked traffic, not so much.

So, to encourage the driver behind you to pass, simply move over a little in your lane. By riding the right line of your lane, assuming you are in the right lane, you give the driver behind you a view of the traffic ahead of you. It also implies that you are considering exit, turning, or otherwise slowing down more. This is usually enough to get the person off your butt. If that is not enough, you can always turn on your turn signal for a minute. It’s a bit deceptive, but usually effective. This works if you are in the right or middle lanes. If you are in the left lane, then you move left, rather than right, or if you happen to be in almost any country other than the US, just reverse it.

BTW: Still on vacation, comments and e-mails will not get answered before Tuesday.

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