It's road trip season, so you're most likely going to find yourself on the interstate over the next couple of months. One thing to always keep in mind while cruising on the highway is that many states-including Iowa and Illinois- have strict regulations when it comes to driving in the left lane.

That's right, as tempting as it may be to stay in the left lane for miles on end (especially if no other cars are around), it's actually illegal. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, passing too slowly in the left lane is against the law. In Illinois, if you're caught driving in the left lane for any reason other than to pass a right lane vehicle, you can get pulled over and face a $75 plus fine.

It may seem like common sense, but I am 100 percent guilty of spacing out and staying too long in the left lane. I'm sure most of us are. Now that I realize it's a big no-no on either side of the Quad Cities, I'll be sure to pay closer attention when I'm on the highway.

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