Okay. All drivers know this one.
You’re driving down a winding two-lane country road, and the car is front of you is going too slow.
This lasts forever.
Finally, finally, the road widens. Grasping for the onrushing gift of freedom, you pull out to pass.
And the other car … speeds up!
Argh! What a jerk!
Engage swearing finger!
It’s as though he’s doing it deliberately, and just won’t let you get by. Maybe he wants to make this as hard on you as possible.
Except, probably, he’s not – as New Zealand sociologist Carl Davidson is only too happy to explain.
“Those people you’re overtaking in the passing lanes most of the time aren’t thinking about the other person that is passing them at all,” said Davidson, head of insight at Christchurch-based firm Research First, in an interview with Yahoo Canada.
Robinson said that, just as drivers slow down when the road gets narrow, there is a natural, largely subconscious tendency to speed up anytime the pavement widens. This turns out to beRead More »from Why other drivers speed up when you’re trying to pass