Hey, lane-weaving drivers, where y'all going so fast?

70mph isn't quick enough for them, so they feel the need to dodge between lanes.
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Minnesota must be home to a surplus of very important people, judging by its drivers.

I mean, what else would explain the number of drivers who constantly switch between lanes on the freeway because 75 mph isn't fast enough for them?

They must all be incredibly important people with incredibly important places to be, probably a matter of national security, or they all must have an expectant, in-labor woman in the backseat en-route to the hospital.

It's either that, or they're just terrible and dangerous drivers.

I'm writing this after returning from a trip to the northern suburbs during which I saw about a dozen impatient drivers decide that traveling 5 mph above the speed limit just doesn't cut it.

These VIPs are switching to the left lane, then the center lane, then the right lane, then back to the center, then the right as they dodge their way around us normal drivers sticking either at or near the speed limit.

You know the type, they're the drivers who pull alongside you on an inside lane, seeing a possible opportunity to undertake you, pull in front, and then jump ahead of the vehicle in front of them. 

It wouldn't be so bad, were it not for the fact that far too often they're moving into gaps in traffic that are barely there, changing lanes like Indiana Jones sliding under a rapidly closing door.

Oh and another thing, bad drivers, you know when I leave a safe distance between my car and the car in front? Yeah ... that's not an invitation for you to slide on in there.

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Look, I know that middle lane-hogs and slow drivers in the passing lanes are frustrating, but I'd deal with them any day over the lane-weavers, because they're nowhere near as dangerous.

But the difference between 70 and 80 when you're going anywhere in the Twin Cities is at best a few minutes.

So if you have somewhere to be on a given day, here's an idea: leave earlier and drive like a normal person.

I suspect, however, that their problem isn't tardiness, just impatience, a need for speed, and a complete disregard for the safety of other road users.

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