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Old 19th Feb 2008, 16:39
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Middle lane drivers please reply???

Forget eternal questions like infinity or chicken & eggs, what Id really really like to know is what compels people to drive along the middle lane of a motorway, specifically in the UK?

Im asking here because I reckon about 50% of the drivers on British roads hog the middle or outer lane, so Im assuming (somewhat loosely ) that 50% of the members on this board are those very people. So I implore anybody that partakes in this habit to please explain what is so unappealing about using the inner lanes?

Sooooo, whether you are young or old, rich or poor, male or female, fat or thin please please please tell me why???
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 17:03
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Firstly, I'm not one but I reckon it's because they feel 'safer' there. They tend to drive at 55-65 mph and guess their argument is avoiding having to frequently overtake the continuous 'train' of artics plus; Nissan Micras driven by Oap's; and miscellaneous bangers poodling along in the nearside lane.

Anycase, lane discipline generally in this country is poor compared to the Continent. I feel more relaxed driving on the German Autobahn at 90-120 mph, than 70-80 mph on the British Motorways.
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 17:05
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Not one of those evil people. But i believe its because of the metal plates they insert in peoples brains to make up for the lack of brain cells. See there slightly magnetized and they get drawn to the metal armco in the middle of the road. Completely against there own will you see.
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 17:10
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They're usually the same tossers that would argue that as they are driving at 70 MPH, we shouldn't overtake them anyway...
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 17:14
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It's about time for a motorway part of the test, including how to join and leave.
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 17:22
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Avoid anyone in a hat
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 17:27
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"Avoid anyone in a hat"

Baseball or Trilby?....preferably both

Yes i do get somewhat annoyed by the switched-off-finger-up-arse-mind-in-neutral brigade that dont even contemplate moving over, even if they can, when you are joining a motorway, they then get somewhat surprised as to the incursion into their lane from the hard shoulder and move across, then spend the time hogging the middle lane thereby preparing them self for the next junction 10 miles down the road....
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 17:28
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I work on the premise that if I am in the middle lane and can get into the left lane and stay there for 10 seconds then I move over. This based on travelling at or near the posted speed limit natch!
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 17:33
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Middle lane? What about the [email protected] idiots who cruise in the outside lane when the middle one is clear?
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 17:33
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I think it's a combination of things.

As Crisso said, some are scared of overtaking.
Some are just too lazy to move over or to look in their rear-view mirror or to consider that other drivers are stuck behind them.
Some have never read the Highway Code, or if they have, are just too stupid or stubborn to abide by it.
Some are concentrating on their mobile phone conversation to be aware of the world beyond their little bubble.
Some are unaware of the world beyond their little bubble in any event, even though they are not on the phone.......
And some obviously know exactly what they are up to but like to think "ukc you lot".

I'm afraid in these days of ever increasing motorway journey times due to cone families on days out, roadworks, accidents (involving middle lane hogs?), wide loads being allowed to travel at rush hour and other arbitrary speed limits causing horrendous congestion at the best of times without numpties like this, I do some times commit the heinous crime of flashing my lights from behind, as per the highway code advice, to let them know of my presence. It does make them angry - HOW dare I?
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 17:59
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Basically the answer is plain bloody ignorance... They think of the outside lane as the 'Fast' lane... it isn't, it's an OVERBLOODYTAKING LANE and once you've passed someone you should move back to lane 2... ! Geddit... Anyone out there that can't grasp that ?

What would be a great idea is to adopt the system used in the USA where any lane can be used for passing... no frustration of coming up behind a slower vehicle and having to wait for the pathetic creature to finally look in their mirror ( and as often as not refuse to move over as they're doing 70 mph !) ...

sad thing is, I saw a very high-ranking police officer being interviewed some years ago when it was suggested that we adopt the US system and his response was that British drivers were not up to it as it would entail having to check BOTH mirrors before moving lanes... WOW
Sadly, from my experiences when back in the UK, he's probably right...

Crazy thing is that not only would it eliminate the frustration involved in being stuck behind some wooly-brain but it would effectively free-up a huge part of our unused motorway system... Anyone driving out of London on the M4 can't help to notice that Lane 1 (Inside Lane) has maybe 50 vehicles per mile... Lane 2 maybe 75 and Lane 3 is jammed solid... ludicrous.

And yes... way beyond time that motorway driving was included in the test...
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 18:02
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Another reason can be the sometimes quite severely damaged surface of the inside lane where sundry HGVs have torn up large chunks of it.

A2QFI has it about right, in my book. I will not pull over to the n/s unless I can stay there for a while - especially if there's an empty third lane that could be used.
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 18:02
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It's simple. You move over to let someone past, then no-one lets you back out. So you don't. Possession is 9/10 ths of the law! What's the big rush anyway?
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 18:09
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Personal theory, a fair?? proportion of them, as will a lot of us here, remember the old "public information films" of slow lane (lane 1) fast lane (lane 2) & overtaking lane (lane 3) and still drive with that in mind, they passed their tests years ago & haven't read the Highway Code since.
They think they are in the right so it needs a big education program to probably get them driving correctly.
Similarly round here with, miles of single carriageway roads, the number that drive at 50 is in the majority - possibly they didn't notice the temp 50mph limit imposed for fuel saving in the 70's was rescinded??

For work I have a pair, of quite legal, amber strobes on my grill - those don't half shift them
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 18:09
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One's Disco happily does 88ish so one stays in the outside lane. Saves running over the Trilby wearing Micra loolaas in the middle lane.

Anyhoo, by staying there, one saves countless Porsche, BMW drivers and the odd white van man from getting points. One likes providing such a service to those likely to gather points on their licences.
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 18:30
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What I want to know is why seemingly 75% of drivers these days seem to think 40mph is acceptable on main roads, with no traffic & perfect weather.

Anyone care to tell the secret because it bloody annoys me!!
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 18:33
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Stop whinning and get out of my bloody way when you see me coming!
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 18:48
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I hate the people that after having turned the full beam off, decide to switch it back on just as they are about to pass you, dazzling you in the process. Like they are somehow showing off how quickly they can do it.
Old 19th Feb 2008, 18:48
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Has anybody noticed that when you use cruise control you keep going along at 70mph but the person in front of you slows down when you come to a hill?
so you move to 2nd or 3rd lane to overtake Then when you still have the cruise control on and still doing 70 when you go down a hill you have a queue of traffic up your ae?
Being an ex traffic copper I expect lots of grief!
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Old 19th Feb 2008, 18:50
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Good grief !!!
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