You must not drive in California.
Here in California, the first lane on the eight-lane freeway to come to a complete stop always seems to be the one second from the leftmost. After a few harrowing complete stops from the speed of the flow of traffic (approximately 55 MPH), I've decided it's simply not worth the trouble.
Keep in mind, when this happens all the other lanes are still happily percolating along. Even if it never slows down badly or comes to a halt, it always seems to run slower than the other three lanes. My hypothesis is that it tends to chug along so poorly because of all the arrogant California drivers diving in and out of it from the left lane (to get to an exit only 1/4 of a mile away) and from the number three lane (gotta go fast!). With the huge amount of car exchange, cars that are already in the number two lane have to create space cushions (remember, in California what other drivers call a space cushion, Californian drivers call "a space to change lanes into").