Driving on Labor Day

So after a long weekend at home in Richmond, I made the dubious decision to drive back on Labor Day. “But Carrie”, I can hear you thinking, “why is that a dubious decision? Doesn’t that give you a whole extra day at home?” That it does, but it also puts me on 95 north with approximately twice the number of idiots that are usually on 95-North between Richmond and Alexandria.

After multiple loud curses, almost accidents, and unnecessarily held up traffic, I decided to come up with a list to help those attempting to navigate the 100 miles between Richmond and Alexandria without a migraine. I call it “Signs You May Be in the Wrong Lane.”

  1. Are you not passing anyone? Are you in any lane but the far right hand lane? You may be in the wrong lane.
  2. Have more than 2 people passed you on the right? You may be in the wrong lane.
  3. Are multiple people passing you on both sides? You may be in the wrong lane.
  4. Have you just changed lanes for no apparent reason? You may be in the wrong lane.
  5. Are you going the speed limit and have no lanes between you and the median? You may be in the wrong lane.

There are only 5. That should be easy for anyone to remember. So the next time you find yourself on that 100 mile stretch going north between Richmond and Alexandria, keep these in mind and you’ll save yourself, and many others, a migraine or two hundred.

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