Your daily Letter to the Columnist — Aug. 13, 2013
Your column today has an interesting theory. But if there is a cabal it’s probably in the pocket of the oil industry. These slow drivers know that driving under the speed limit is a good precursor to traffic congestion, which makes everyone travel slower and burn more fuel while they’re waiting to get out of the jam.
Drivers who are constantly frustrated by the lethargy around them may be tempted to upgrade to a larger, more aggressive, and less fuel efficient vehicle when their next car purchase comes around in attempt to frighten the slowpokes into speeding up.
Possibly, there’s even a connection to the auto industry itself — how many accidents have been caused by road rage inspired by slow drivers? How many vehicles had to be replaced as a result of these accidents?
I’m afraid you can’t pin this one on the cyclists, Dan. I’d set your sights higher than skin-tight riding shorts crowd if you want to find the real culprit.