Fair play demands that we take note of two letters that give truck drivers a better rating than most people do these days.
G.R. Fitzpatrick of Garrett Park chided me gently for saying that I don't know how to yield the right of way to a truck that is approaching from the rear at more than 55 miles an hour. He says that in these circumstances he changes lanes whenever he can do so safely. He adds:
"It is easier for me to do than it is for the trucker, and I'm helping to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely. Moving over is a sensible thing to do, also, because the efficient movement of truck traffic bringing to market the things I need gets them to me cheaper. Slowing trucks unnecessarily adds to the cost of the things we all buy."
I can see now why this type of yielding did not occur to me. It is my habit to drive in the right-hand or "slow" lane because I want to stay out of the speeders' way. When I picture myself driving on the highway, I see most of the other cars passing me.
Does it really promote safety, expedite the flow of traffic and benefit the national economy for people who observe the legal limit to ber browbeaten into moving into a fast lane at 55 miles and hour just to let a truck through in the slow lane at 70 or more?
D.R. Leitch of Bethesda is back from passed by every single truck on the road except a few local trucks doing maintenance. They were all doing 70 or more, and there were many examples of dangerous driving.
"The great majority of the cars were also driving well in excess of the speed limit."
Good point. The trucker who drives fast and takes chances argues that, in his business, time is money. His income depends on how many miles he can pile up in how many hours. But what excuse can be made for the millions of motorists who drive just as fast and just as recklessly during pleasure trips?