Why do NZ drivers feel the need to drive at considerably less than the posted speed limit in the far right lane while the left lanes remain empty?
Our left hand lanes remain vacant, just take a look at night...
Possibly unrelated but personally whenever I go to wellington, at about plimmerton I like to get into the right hand lane and stay in there - then on the motorway stretches I just set the cruise control to 105.
Pain in the a$$ when you go through the george and its a downhill section with a stupid limit of 80
In auckland once I get off the waikato expressway I sit in the right hand lane until i get to spaghettii since my exit is usually for queen street or khybers pass.
Again, cruise control set to 105.
I don't have any issue with this, what peeves me off is when in similar circumstances I also have cruise set at just above 100 only to come upon someone sitting in the right hand lane doing 90 while all left lanes are empty, even encounter this late at night on Auckland motorways, the northern expressway is a very good example.
Cruise control on NZ motorways even at off peak times is barely useable for this very reason.
I would love to see the Police enforce their policy of 'keep left unless passing'. Many NZ drivers currently employ their own policy of 'keep right at all times and force all others to pass on the left'.