|The arrival of 'toasters' signifies spring in Homer and around Alaska|
I have also heard of strong and courageous Alaskans, caught behind a toaster for too long, who pull off when the toaster does and proceed to inform the driver of the law. I want that to be me. The Seward Highway south of Anchorage to just past Girdwood is one of the deadliest sections of highways in the state. I can appreciate people wanting to come to Alaska, and driving in an RV can be more flexible and economical than renting a car, staying in hotels and eating out every meal. But I don't appreciate the danger they present when people are so furious about being stuck behind them that they do crazy things.
So if you come to Alaska, please watch the traffic behind you. If there are more than 5 cars behind you, pull over. Last fall my uncle was driving the speed limit on the Kenai Peninsula and he got stopped for cars backed up behind him. My uncle couldn't quite get his brain around the fact he'd been stopped for going the speed limit, but as the state trooper pointed out, it was creating a traffic hazard. Even better, you can do what I often do now: if there are more than 3 cars behind me, I pull over (in the winter, it only takes 1 and I'll let them by. Better than them spinning out trying to pass me.), even if I'm already going over the speed limit. I see it as making other people's day, setting a good example and allowing everyone to drive safely and comfortably.