David has a great post today featuring suggestions for fellow California drivers, written with the attention and rigor he usually applies to software engineering.
Suggestion 1: You do not have a god-given right to stay in one lane in perpetuity.
Traffic conditions change: just because you were behaving reasonably by driving at a given speed in the third lane two minutes ago does not mean that you are behaving reasonably by driving at that speed in that lane now.
In my role as a slow and undoubtedly sometimes annoying driver, let me add my own suggestion to David’s five:
Suggestion 6: If you would like to be driving 5 mph faster than you are, but someone is preventing you, stop and think about how much difference the extra 5 mph makes to your overall life goals. If the answer is “not very much,” then try to keep from getting angry. Angry people are bad drivers.