October 26, 2017

Beware the Middle Lane Hogger!

For many drivers out there, middle-lane hogging is one of the most frustrating habits.

The Highway Code states that when driving along a three lane motorway you should always drive in the left-hand lane if the road ahead is clear. When you are overtaking slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you have safely passed.

Middle-lane hogging is when drivers choose to stay in the middle lane, even when there aren’t other vehicles in the inside lane to overtake. This terrible driving habit can cause congestion as traffic funnels through the outside lane to pass a middle lane hogger, particularly during busier periods.

Many motorists believe that staying in the middle lane is a selfish act, because if someone is correctly obeying The Highway Code and driving in the inside lane when they approach a middle-lane hogger, they need to move across two lanes to overtake, so as to avoid ‘undertaking’. It also means the person overtaking has to change four lanes in total, instead of two.

Bear all this in mind when taking the motorway; have firm lane discipline, try not to be the cause of delays and especially don’t contribute to road rage!

Safe driving from Britannia!