Breakdown lane

Highway shoulder. Also, an oxymoron - the last place you want to break down in greater Boston is in the breakdown lane, especially during rush hour, when it becomes the high-speed lane (in some places, even legally). The state has built a series of emergency turn-outs along Rte. 128 so you can pull out of the breakdown lane if, in fact, your car breaks down.



Breakdown Lane

Those "emergency turn-outs" are actually called, according to the signs that indicate them, "emergency pulloffs", a name that always struc me as having interesting sexual connotations...emergency?...

If NOT the Breakdown lane,

If NOT the Breakdown lane, pray tell. What other term could you assign to this particular strip of road? I thought this was universal.
Then again, I forget sometimes that it's unacceptable to drive 75 in the breakdown in other states. :/