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When the speed limit is posted at 35 mph (for example) and I’m driving that speed, it never fails that all the other cars are going 45 or faster. Everyone is going around me. Should I “go with the flow” and drive above the limit or shall I remain at that speed and cause everyone else to go around me? I feel like I’m becoming a hazard making everyone adjust to me.
This is a common question. If the flow of traffic is higher than the posted speed limit, what is a driver to do? The answer is very similar to what a good parent would tell their teen: "Everyone else doing it does not make it right or safe." You are accountable for your own safety and that of your passengers. If you find yourself being tailgated, and you respond by speeding up, you will now only be tailgated at a higher speed. Instead, continue to drive the speed limit. If this is on a road with double yellow lines, find a turn out and allow faster drivers to pass. If other drivers do pass you unsafely, they do so at their own risk. You cannot prevent other drivers from being dangerous behind the wheel, but you can make sure you and your passengers are safe by obeying all traffic laws.
~Officer Sarah Jackson, California Highway Patrol