Originally Posted by Stu Jackson
Even on Interstates, the dumbos actually slow down when they're passing, especially a truck!
Exactly. It is the hind-brain telling them that there is an evolutionary advantage to staying in a group. What's more, the group can provide better protection if it includes a few big guys. So the subconscious says that sticking close to something big is a good thing to do, hence the great propensity for slowing down (or speeding up--you see that, too) to stay next to a big truck (which, of course, is an incredibly STUPID thing to do if you actually think about it).
The problem is that these people are not actually using their brains. They are carefully protecting their grey matter from any danger
of over-exercise. They are simply reacting on an instinctive level, without putting any thought into what they are doing. They are Driving While Oblivious, which should be an offense almost equal to Driving While Intoxicated.
I'm not joking, either. I am serious about this. I honestly think that the evolutionary imperative to stay with a group, combined with a complete lack of any real thinking, is the only logical explanation for the behavior that you see out on our highways, and also in anchorages