These Drivers Banded Together to Make a Line-Cutter Pay

We’ve all seen jerks who, under the illusion that they’re some sort of reincarnated sultan who doesn’t need to wait in lines like all the lesser folk, will try to get ahead of a long line of cars on the road by driving on the shoulder. Sometimes they manage to do it. Other times, like in the case of this driver on the M6 in Britain last week, they’re thwarted by other drivers who are just not having it.

Here’s what happened: a driver in one of those Euro-market Daewoo-Chevrolets we never get in the U.S. was trying to use the shoulder to cut past a line of cars, like a big jerk, but this time the other drivers banded together to keep the shoulder-driver from getting back in the lane.

The person who took the original video described the scene like this to the Daily Mail:

There had been a bump on the M6 near Preston and a van and car couldn’t be bothered waiting in the queue so they tried to pass on the inside. The BMW in front of me also moved over to stop the car passing and all three vehicles behind bunched up to stop him getting back in. Haters gonna hate, but I hate people pushing in and I moved over as soon as the yellow flashing lights came.

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I suppose that since the emergency vehicle had to pass, and the drivers had to let the Chevy in eventually, they sort of did manage to pull it off, though I suspect the intense levels of British-shaming aimed at the driver had to sting, at least a bit.

Regardless, it’s good to see drivers banding together to make jackasses’ lives a bit harder. Good work, British Drivers.

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A few years back, I had something similar happen.

If you’re familiar with Atlanta, you’ll know the 75/85 split going north. Three lanes each.



One day, they’re doing construction, and have the 75N section closed to one lane. Some asshat in a Tahoe screams up on the 85 side, and then tries to merge. I don’t let him. He starts driving on the shoulder, refusing to give up, and then tries to pass. The guy in front of me blocks him. He starts flipping me off and yelling. I just reply with a classic “Thumbs up”.

The guy goes berserk. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen someone so mad. He slows down to merge behind me, and the guy behind me won’t let him in either.

Finally, 75 opens up, and he floors it, merges, is swerving all over the place, and then throws a drink out the window at me. In retrospect, dude was dangerous, and I should have let him in. But nothing felt better in that moment than giving him the thumbs up he so deserved.