Creeping centre-lane-ism appears to be a global epidemic.
A couple of days booting about on the ‘autopistas’ (freeways) of Central Spain suggests there are 'Jim-only' lanes there too.
(I was there testing the new Mercedes-Benz E Class sedan; details in next weekend’s print edition of Wheels.)
The default lane on Spanish freeways seems to be the middle lane, leaving the right lane available for those of us who value safety, courtesy and efficiency.
Sadly, not many of us around any more - anywhere in the world, it seems.
So, you pass on the right, you get a dirty look.
But 'Hola', Senor - I'm not the lane hog here.
Traffic in Spain is, as you might expect from the stereotype of the Latin temperament, a shade on the aggressive side. I'm not saying they all think they're former Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso, but neither do they exactly hang about.
Many of the cars are made by SEAT (pronounced SAY-at). It's an acronym for 'Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo', or in English, 'Spanish Passenger Car Company', and is now the Spanish arm of the Volkswagen group.
Most SEATS are gorgeous, at least in part a legacy of Walter da Silva, who was pirated away from Alfa Romeo to head up SEAT's styling studio (he's now in charge of Audi and Lamborghini design too).
I've always thought that because Volkswagens are moving up the price ladder, the company could bring the stylish SEAT line to North America as a price-leader, hire Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony as spokespeople to appeal to hip, design-conscious young people - they'd make a killing, especially to the burgeoning Hispanic-American demographic.
And to think, I GIVE these ideas away...
Elsewhere, Spain appears to have benefited more from membership in the European Union than just about any other country (others have suggested maybe Ireland, but I could not say, not having been there since it joined).
Infrastructure construction is everywhere - many of the roads and bridges are new or nearly so, and about half of Madrid's road network appears to be a Work in Progress.
Lots of private construction in Madrid too - the national bird appears to be the Construction Crane, with new buildings going up all over, despite the economic slowdown which also is clearly global in scope.
The Hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower where we stayed and the adjacent Torre Espacio are two of four gigantic new buildings which can literally be seen from about 50 kilometres away.
Madrid is simply gorgeous, at least partially I assume because both the Spanish Civil War and World War II were essentially "road games"; Madrid's older centres weren't bombed into oblivion like so many European capitals were.
One of my journalist colleagues asked if I knew about Madrid's 'Retiro Park'. He said it was one of the great urban parks of the world.
I told him I slept in Retiro Park one night, in a Citroen DS21.
But that, as they say, is a story for another time.