Normally, on weekdays before 6:00 AM, traffic flows through the I-64 corridor (between Norfolk and Hampton, via the HRBT) at a comfortable 70 MPH. After 6:00 AM it slows to 60-65 MPH on average. After 6:30 AM it's lucky to reach 60 MPH for more than a mile at a time.
This morning's commute sucked. It seemed that at every turn there was a car going 50 MPH or (maybe, barely) 55 MPH. Every single one of these vehicles had plates from other states. Minnesota, Florida, Delaware, Ohio, Michigan, Delaware. People from other states: LOOK AROUND YOU. If others are moving at a faster rate, speed up to match them. It will benefit everyone. We will get to our destinations sooner and in a better mood, therefore making us more productive and "customer-friendly".
The next time you're on the phone with a rude, obnoxious customer rep, it may be because slowpokes aggravated the living shit out of them on their way into their dead-end job. That person you cut off and gave the finger to? They're probably the same person that called you at 9:00 AM to nag you about not paying your bills on time. Or maybe they are the cold, emotionless, uncaring support person you're desperately begging for help. Do us all a favor and drive right or get the f**k off the f**king road. Thank you for your cooperation.