Driving in the left lane: A state-by-state guide to when it’s legal, when it’s not (with map)

As of Nov. 1, if you’re riding in the left lane without passing another car in Alabama, you’ll be pulled over and issued a citation. The new law goes into effect as a means of combating road rage.

“Oftentimes left lane drivers is the main or if not one of the main causes of road rage incidents on the interstates,” Alabama State Trooper Curtis Summerville told WHNT News.

It is — as the trooper suggests — infuriating to attempt to pass slower traffic in the middle lane, only to be held up by a left lane parker dawdling along at 62 miles per hour. Other countries have figured out that the left lane is for passing. Why is it that so many Americans have trouble figuring this out?