Every once in a while I’ll be driving along in, say a 50 MPH zone, and come up on somebody who’s driving at maybe 30 MPH with a huge queue of cars that have built up behind them.
I could understand this in some situations - i.e, people looking for an address, or they’re lost, or maybe in bad weather, or they’re towing a boat, or it’s a Geo Metro and only goes 30 MPH, or whatever. But today, for instance, I saw it on a road in the middle of the country with no places to turn for miles. It was a single lane intercity road, limit 50 MPH, mostly ambient traffic flow at about 60-65 MPH. Then there’s this Saturn going about 30 MPH. Nobody in front of him for as far as I can see. About a dozen cars all pissed off and tailgating each other behind him, that can’t pass due to traffic going the other way.
Now, don’t get me wrong - although I usually drive somewhat over the limit, I don’t get aggressive towards these folks or tailgate them or anything, and I’m even working on not getting too annoyed. But I’m still puzzled because this seems almost common. What’s the deal here? Why would somebody, in perfectly fine weather in the middle of the day, in a new-ish car in apparent good condition, drive 20 MPH under the 50 MPH limit? For mile after mile? On an inter-city road with wide shoulders and good visibility? And are they unaware of the angst they are producing beind them?