- Enemy Vehicles
- Your Car
After 3+ months of over 1,000 miles a week, I think I now have discovered why vans do what they do. First let me say this doesn’t apply to all vans. There are always exceptions, this applies more to family vans. Work vans usually drive plenty fast.
Minivans are Road Hogs
Take a trip from L.A. to San Francisco. You’ll see one common thing, dipships in minivans in the fast lane, driving slow. 47/50 they will make you pass them on the right, very very rarely will you see them pull over to let you by. It doesn’t matter how empty the lanes are ahead, always the left lane, always slow.
For some reason the second minivans get on the road they head straight to the very fast lane and drive slow. I have no idea what makes them do this. I guess you could say just because they are idiots.
There are exceptions to this, work vans often do not apply. Instead of some family person (usually a woman) with a bunch of kids in the car who must drive safe (by hogging the lanes and driving slow) you have guys with real jobs and places to go that quite often drive your speed or faster.
Minivans enjoy cutting you off.
Yet another thing they can claim. On their way to the fast lane to drive slow (sometimes crossing 4 lanes to get there) they love to cut you off often times not even using their turn signals. You could blame this on the difficulty in seeing cars around them due to large blind spots, but not really when they have these magical devices known as MIRRORS.
It always bugged the hell out of me. Why are almost all vans like this? Then I got a chance to ride in a van and It all became so clear….
The basic reason why vans hog the fast lane and cut you off is because they are inconsiderate clueless morons but you can’t leave it at that. Let’s look closer.
Van people are scared to change lanes.
This is the core of the problem. The van people are either not skilled enough or are too wuss to do the job that gets them there at a fast rate: changing lanes. Just look at them, they look around and just wing it and hope for the best.
Van people want to be in the fast lane.
If you watch the van people, they head straight for the fast lane ASAP. Some of them look before they pass, others just ram there way there. Thankfully more look than not but the basic result is the same. Fast lane hoggers.
Van people want to get there the fastest and with the least trouble
That’s what the van people say that I and my friends have talked to. Their goal is to work their way into the fast lane because from there they can simply drive to get to their destination. It is their belief that the fast lane is some magicial lane that will get them there faster. The problem is and this makes me laugh, lots of other vans/big trucks have the same idea and they slow each other down, while I cruise along past them in the other lanes.
Van people have no situational awareness
Once they get to their fast lane, you will notice most have no idea what’s going on around them. They seem to only be concerned with what is ahead in their lane and what is going on in their van. Just go around them on the right and cut in. They sit there like it didn’t even happen even when the majority of traffic is doing it. It’s like they have no idea they are holding anyone up and if they do they simply don’t care. Smart or considerate people would get out of the way and occasionally on a blue moon I see a van do that. And I go NO WAY!
You won’t see this out of all vans but I see this out of the majority of vans in the fast lane. I believe the above conclusions are true.
There is nothing you can do to change these people. They are idiots and I know there’s nothing on the road for you to do to change them. But understanding their twisted logic goes a long way into making them less annoying 🙂
I enjoy passing these people on the right and cutting back in really close to scare them. Sure it’s not the safest thing to do but it makes me feel a little revenged. 🙂 A good flip off gesture never hurts either.