Amy's Adventure With The Passing Lane

I LOVE Halifax. I love everything about it, except one thing, The drivers!!!!!!!! Some of the drivers here are just awful!

I get it, I’m from Montreal and they say Quebec drivers are the worst but I never agreed with that. We’re aggressive yes and we like to hit pedestrians but besides that, we usually follow the guidelines.

I’ve lived here for 8 years now and I’m still dumbfounded by some of the things I’ve seen.

Like the time a driver slammed on his breaks on the Bedford highway cause he thought someone wanted to cross… not at a cross walk just in the middle of nowhere.

Or the lack of signal turns

The absolute worst though is the passing lane. Maybe they don’t teach what the passing lane is here so let’s talk about it.

The passing lane is the left lane. It is meant to pass the other drivers. Not to for you to do your own pace and stay in. Once you’ve passed the driver in the left lane, you’re supposed to get back into the right lane.

Living in Porters Lake, I pass these drivers all the time and they don’t know what they’re doing. Or maybe they do and just don’t care which is even worse. It’s especially infuriating on the 107 as you only have so many chances to pass before it turns back into a one lane highway.

In Quebec, when you’re close to another car in the passing lane, they use common sense and get into the proper lane. Here, they slam on their breaks to tell you, Hey, I don’t care I’m in the passing lane and you wanna pass, I’m gonna do my own pace and you’re gonna follow cause you can’t pass on the right either cause I’m doing the same speed as them.

Maybe I’s because Halifax is the hub for people coming from small towns who don’t know how to drive in a bigger city but it’s ridiculous and my absolute biggest driving pet peeve. What’s yours?


OK … rant over