Here is today’s Clover – an old geezer in a geezermobile ambling along at 5-10 below the underposted speed limit (secondary roads are particularly notorious for having under-posted limits; that is, limits set well below the 85th percentile – such that almost every driver is technically/legally guilty of “speeding”).
Anyhow, the problem here is not really Clover, per se. The problem is the near-elimination of legal passing zones. The entire country, it seems, has been painted over double yellow. Even arrow-straight sections with clear lines of sight where it would be perfectly safe to pass a Clover.
If it were legal to do so.
But since it’s not, all it takes is one Clover (who refuses to move over to the shoulder for the 5 seconds or so it would take to allow the car behind him to get by) to scleroticize a traffic lane for miles.
This makes driving ever-more-aggravating. Your shitty choices are:
Suffer the Clover. Let him dictate your pace, make you late – ruin the drive.
And even in the few areas left where it remains (for now) legal, it’s still damned near impossible to do so.
Legally, that is.
Because the insufferable law says it’s illegal to exceed the posted limit anywhere, anytime – even briefly, for the short moment it takes to pass a dawdling Clover.
Nope. If he’s doing 49 in a 55 you are required to go no faster than 55 to pass him. Which of course means it’s almost impossible to pass – ever – due to the time it takes to pass someone doing 49 at 55 (rather than 70) MPH. You’d need a clear shot for half a mile – instead of a tenth of a mile.
So, people are conditioned to not even try. They, in their turn, become Clovers, too. Fearful – and timid. And resentful of the few who still aren’t – who haven’t yet had their spirits gelded. That’s why the Clovers flash their lights and honk their horns at you. It drives them nust to see someone who ignores “the law” – no matter how idiotic/unfair “the law” may be.
No wonder the kids are saying to hell with driving – and not even getting their licenses anymore.